Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Funny Games @ Load Of Fun

Nick Van Woert's "Mr. Potato Head"


Exhibition Preview:
October 10, 8 - 9 pm

Opening Reception:
October 16, 7 - 10 pm

Frontier Projects, in collaboration with Load Of Fun Studios, is pleased to present Funny Games, a new exhibition curated by Jamillah James.

Funny Games takes as its starting point humor and play as critical devices. The ten artists featured in the exhibition use equal parts cynicism and visual comedy to question the role of the artist in and artistic practice in and outside of an institutional context. Cognizant of their own entrenchment in the machination being examined, the artists take on the art market's value system, the notion of "art stars," theory and the academy, and problems of representation, among other quandaries. The approaches used are varied - the use of unconventional, sometimes "cheap" materials; intentionally naive or reductive techniques; contrived theatricality, visual gags and inside jokes; mining the art historical canon for content - resulting in work that continues the perilous conversation begun some 90 years ago about authenticity and art.

Artists participating in Funny Games include Leidy Churchman (New York), Sara Clendening (Los Angeles), Petra Cortright (Berlin), Peter Harkawik (New Haven, CT), Dina Kelberman (Baltimore), Maria Pithara (Richmond, VA), William Powhida (New York), Scott Reeder (Chicago), Jordan Rhoat (MICA Alumni - Chicago) and Nick Van Woert (Brooklyn)

Funny Games will be on view at Load Of Fun Studios, located at 120 W. North Ave, Station North Arts District, Baltimore, Maryland, from October 10 - November 6

Gallery Hours are Friday - Sunday, 12 - 6 pm and by appointment with Frontier Projects, frontier.projects@gmail.com