Jeremy Bailey, Jennifer Chan, Adán De La Garza, Mike Flemming, LJ Frezza, Sebastian Haslauer, William Lamson, Kim Laughton, Hanne Lippard, Jodie Mack, Jesse McLean, Jonathan Monaghan, Eva and Franco Mattes, Guy Ben Ner
Microscope Gallery | 1329 Willoughby Avenue
Curated by Nicholas O'Brien
Microscope welcomes Nicholas O'Brien to the gallery as curator of "Not Always Funny - Moving Image works on Humor" featuring film, video, animation ad performance works by Jeremy Bailey, Jennifer Chan, Adán De La Garza, Mike Flemming, LJ Frezza, Sebastian Haslauer, William Lamson, Kim Laughton, Hanne Lippard, Jodie Mack, Jesse McLean, Jonathan Monaghan, Eva and Franco Mattes, and Guy Ben Ner. With this program O'Brien reminds us that the words funny and humor are not always interchangeable and asserts that the range of emotional responses that humor can generate extends "beyond a knee jerk reaction to a punchline".
"Though many works in this screening are conventionally witty, funny, and joyful, they are also thoughtful in how they create empathy with viewers. For instance, placing Guy Ben Ner’s "Soundtrack" (a playful reenactment of a scene from a blockbuster movies with family and friends) alongside Jesse McLean’s "Somewhere Only We Know" (a found footage film playfully looking at the blurry lines between sincere and artificial drama of reality television) begins to outline a spectrum of humor that doesn’t solely rely on a quick laugh." - Nicholas O'Brien
admission $7 - several artists in attendance
Nicholas O’Brien is a net-based artist, curator, and writer. His work has exhibited in Mexico City, Berlin, London, Dublin, Prague, among others as well as throughout the US. He has been the recipient of a Turbulence Commission funded by the NEA and has curated exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, 319 Scholes, and Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology. As a contributor to Rhizome at the New Museum, SFAQ, and Bad at Sports, he has been recently recognized as a leading voice within contemporary art by ArtFCity, PULSE art fair, and Artsy. His work has also appeared or featured in ARTINFO, The Brooklyn Rail, DIS magazine, Frieze d/e, The Atlantic, and The New York Times. Recently he has completed a video essay for BOMB magazine, an online commission for Essex Flowers, and published an interactive narrative for NewHive.
Full program available at www.microscopegallery.com