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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

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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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What A WW

What A World, What A World

 

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Anna Rosen

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Caroline Cox

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Jane Benson

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Harry Finkelstein

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Matt Freedman & Jude Tallichet

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Ron Baron

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Donna HuancaRead more here

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“What A World, What A World”

I find myself saying “What a world” a lot. Usually in response to some incomprehensible human behavior or some new social/political development that I can’t believe is happening. I associate the phrase “What a world” with The Wizard of Oz, when the Wicked Witch of the West is melting and speaks the words “What a world, what a world…Who would have thought that some little girl like you could destroy my beautiful wickedness.” Even as a child this intrigued me, how the evil side can also be astonished by behavior and circumstance. We assume that ethics, morality, beliefs start from an objective vantage point. The current political crises, that seems to pit multiple incompatible and mutually incomprehensible world views against each other, is a terrifying embodiment of this phenomenon.… Read more here

What A World, What A World

What a World, What A World

October 1 – November 6, 2016

Opening Reception – October 7, 6-9 pm

I find myself saying “What a world” a lot. Usually in response to some incomprehensible human behavior or some new social/political development that I can’t believe is happening. I associate the phrase “What a world” with The Wizard of Oz, when the Wicked Witch of the West is melting and speaks the words “What a world, what a world…Who would have thought that some little girl like you could destroy my beautiful wickedness.” Even as a child this intrigued me, how the evil side can also be astonished by behavior and circumstance.… Read more here