Funny (not funny) at work • detroit

Funny (not funny) at work • detroit

Recent Comic Art Exhibiting Signs of Black Humor
Opening reception, January 22, 6 – 9 pm
January 22, 2010 – February 26, 2010
Curated by Ryan Standfest

alt text“Bard Beach Portrait,” (2006-2009)
by Taylor Mckimens
alt textDante’s Lament (2010) Ian Huebert

The “FUNNY (not funny)” exhibition seeks to elicit uncomfortable laughter in the realm of black humor– a place where the serious and the taboo are fodder for comic provocation. Artists in numerous media have long sought to overturn convention and challenge what is funny with what is not as a means of producing humor out of the unlikeliest of situations. Work by the twenty artists that will be on view in “FUNNY (not funny)”, demonstrates that cartooning is keeping the tradition of black humor alive and flourishing. The very form of the comics page itself is as relevant a vehicle as ever, freed from so many of the commercial restrictions placed on other art forms, to effectively deliver potent images and narratives that carry with them a very immediate and accurate measure of the absurdity of our age.

Participating Artists:
Ivan Brunetti, Chris Cilla, Sue Coe, Dave Fischer, Lisa Hanawalt, Glenn Head, Tim Hensley, Ian Huebert, Ben Katchor, Michael Kupperman, Mats!?, Daniel Maw, Taylor McKimens, Travis Millard, Tom Neely, Mark Newgarden, David Paleo, Jonathon Rosen, David Sandlin, Rob Sato, Daniel Sperry, Jon Vermilyea

work • detroit | University of Michigan School of Art & Design
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