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Festival of Political Pleasure

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Mike Ballou

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Nadine Beauharnois

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Robin Bruch

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Festival of Political Pleasure

Festival of Political Pleasure

curated by Carol Bruns

Against a social-political background of global war against the people and the planet, and a cultural background of industrial scale art production, this exhibition is an exuberant festival, a conceptual shift, a seed bank of values such as human scale, humor, spontaneity, sensual use of materials, intuition—-creating a sense of hospitality and a utopian aesthetic. It puts these values back into play combining art works both figurative and abstract without false division or the idea that art history is a linear progress—it shows that differences are a resource, not a contest. Here, the art is setting up a situation in opposition to the global destruction going on around us, and implies a way to live now.… Read more here

Successive Excessive

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Chris Bors

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Andrew Chan

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Mike Estabrook

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Fred Fleisher

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Carl Gunhouse

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Hein Koh

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Joe Heaps Nelson

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Roxanne Jackson

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Judith Page

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Press Release

Successive Excessive

Curated by Chris Bors and Fred Fleisher

We can see how the exaggerated, caustic and often scarily playful could be wielded towards a politics of discontent by surveying examples of hyperbole throughout history including the writings of Oscar Wilde, James Ensor’s paintings, the caricatures of Honoré Daumier, the chaotic art of the Dadaists, underground cartoonists of the 1960s and 70s like Robert Crumb and contemporary painters such as Peter Saul and Judith Bernstein. This magnified attitude is exemplified in 1998’s Bulworth, starring Warren Beatty, a film that preceded Donald Trump’s rise to the presidency by almost 20 years. Professional wrestling and reality television, whose scripted feuds and over-the-top melodrama create heightened conflict, whichTrump has also been heavily involved with, are two forms of entertainment that remain undeniably popular despite their spurious nature.… Read more here

Next Exhibition

Cracking Up, Breaking Down

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Alex Yudzon

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Ben Pederson

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Nicholas Cueva

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Jack Henry

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