Sunday, August 06, 2006

Humor Show @ Gallery Project

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I thought about grading each piece based on my laugh-o-meter scale but I found that some of the work was more tongue and cheek or darkly humorous than on the floor laughing. I fell in love with the idea behind this show because I think a lot of times we take art too seriously and good art can be about a chuckle. Some of the pieces were straight forward about their intent while others were more subtle which meant you had to read the title to understand the artist's sense of humor. I did find a strong corralation to using animals as subject matter. Animals can be a more playful substitution for humans: the meaning is less direct or can be displaced by say a deer with giant vagina or horse eating another of its kind. My only qualm would be that there was too much art to take in but I guess this way everyone could find something to suit their humorous side.
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cynthia greig - "sunglasses" and "life preserver" color photograph
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clint snider - snider has assembled his martha stewart painted found objects again. I love the feel in the dark basement of the gallery. For more pics of this set up at 555 go here.
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mike richison - "it sucks drinking alone" video
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andrew thompson - foam, adhesives, tape and items pulled from previous artworks, the studio floor, and the trash. This piece was in the last cranbrook grad show.
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coco burner - "animal merger products"
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sally t. ryan - "church fairy viewing heathen nucleus"
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jack summers
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kees de waal
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ann gordon - "horsing around". Yep, I have a sense of humor too. This was the first painting that spawned a new series of works. I will be showing more work (cut-up, mangled, and abstracted horse and animal parts) at Motor City art night this wed (aug 9).
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jack johnson - "sir cheese inspector" He kinda looks like sponge bob square pants too!
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alison byrnes - "parallel lives: emperor claudius and president zachary taylor"
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frank pahl "in case of emergency break glass, republican campaign kit" Partial proceeds to benefit impeach.org
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kevin tudball
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chris crowder - "I'm Impotent" ink on wood. The detail is amazing...! It reads somewhere between a giant comic strip or historic picture scrolls like hieroglyphics.
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susanna bergtold
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catherine peet
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vince frappier - "homage to sargent: portrait of phaedra robinson" This piece is hilarious...and well executed.
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mike myers - silver prints. I really like these photos but then again I think I have a horsey bias in this show.
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frank pahl - "foot stool for toilet stall reservation" In the price list this piece was listed as "free of charge" if you left your name for a drawing!
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joey ostrander - mounted scrolls on logs
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vijay kumar - etchings
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tom nuzum
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susanna bergtold - circus dog - a little too art-fair-ish for my taste.
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sally t. ryan - horse with nun warts!
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tom nuzum - I couldn't wait long enough to see if the parrot decided to swing or if he got crushed by the rock.
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warren hecht - this didn't rank so high with the laugh-o-meter. Someone please help this poor kitty get out of this molecular grid!
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clint snider - (painted plastic and sculpy) snider has a lovely sense of humor...gotta love the "extensions" added onto the adorable animals. How can something so cute be so vulgar?
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julie renfro and mike sivak - this is like a cross between a giant barbie doll and a party cake, I dare you to look inside her eloquent dress.
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brent fogt - "Hair Styles of the Good Roman Emperors and Bad Roman Emperors" This piece scored high with the laugh-o-meter! I have a fondness for Roman history so I wouldn't mind owning a Nero`:)
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3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

this gallery seems to pull in a good croud. great work. how's their sales going?

3:06 PM  
Blogger John Azoni said...

What a great show that was. The space was really nice, and the art was right up my alley. Some of them actually made me laugh out loud, like Jack Summers' piece. I was happy to see all the religious themed work. Maybe that's a new trend? I'm very much a believer but it's just cool to see people thinking about it, and expressing the idea.

looking forward to your motor city show ann!

7:42 PM  
Anonymous Curtis said...

I really enjoyed your painting and Alison Byrnes'. The owner said he'd introduce me to you and Alison, but could find niether of you. I know I must have seen you (met you possibly) at RichRichRich but never made the connection. Someday.

6:26 PM  

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