|Situation Comedy: Humor in Recent Art, Domonic Molon, Michael Rooks, 1996,|
Artists throughout the ages have created works that use humor to convey ideas that can be understood best through the vocabulary of comedy. Art is endless and relative and can be whatever you want it to be. Major comedic works in contemporary art has been defined in major group exhibitions that concern many human issues such as social justice, economic, inequity, political,environmental issues and many more. Many people will never truily understand the humor in art The emphasis on art as a form of an agent for social change is particulary at odds in our society making it hard for people to cooperate and take in the sence of the absurd.
One of the most significant ways that artists have manifested elements of the humorous in their work has been through a process of detournement, in which the pre-existing structures and procedures of daily life are magnified and subverted. In this process, the mundane can become comically estranged and fantasting, allowing the viewer to recognize the message through its absurdity.
|Erwin Wurm, Looking for a Bomb, 2003, Jack Hanley Gallery, San Fransisco|
"Situation Comedy" presents a selection, or should I say a mess, of video, sound installations, paintings, sculptures, drawings, and photographs. Situation Comedy was written with fascinating feedback on different artists but to me, was put together really poorly and was crammed with too many artists. The book was hard to read due to the scattered images throughout the pages. You had information on an artist, and the image of his artwork could be found pages before it or pages after. I had to constantly keep flipping back and forth to find out who the book was talking about
|Tom Friedman, Untitled, 1996, Neal Meltzer Fine Art, Inc.|