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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