Sunday, November 9, 2008

"Laughingstock: Humor in Art & Craft" Exhibition Nov 15 2008

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Opening:"Laughingstock: Humor in Art & Craft" Exhibition: November 15, 2008 - December 23, 2008 @ Luke and Eloy Gallery.

We explore how artists use irony, goofiness, satire, and sarcasm in their work. Can humor and satire stimulate laughter as well as serve as a vehicle to explore serious subjects, such as feminism, the natural environment, the excesses of consumer culture, religion, sexuality, social injustice, and war ? Can artwork be "funny" and critical at the same time? How does the artist's choice of materials affect the outcome so that the work is perceived as "funny"? What are the boundaries in humor and who gets to decide what these are? Are there topics we are not allowed to laugh about ?

Various Media.

Participating artists:

Cheryl Eve Acosta Stevie B. Karen Bondarchuk Sally Bozzuto Chun Chun Michele Cleveland Gabriel Craig Wendy Emery Karen Gallup Mindy Herrin Rumi Ishino Katrina Kosturko Dan Krueger Julia Lowther Heather McCalla James Obermeier Deanna Ooley Tod Pardon Kerianne Quick Corliss Rose John Rose Demitra Thomloudis Amy Weiks R. Weis Colette Zilka

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