View an excerpt of the Humor in Craft book: This crafthaus online exhibition features 12 +1 images of humorous craft artwork
from around the world and the artists' commentary about the role humor
plays in their work. Enjoy.
Humor in Craft
(July 20, 2012—October 27, 2012)
Curated by artist and author Brigitte
Martin and organized by the Society for Contemporary Craft, Humor in
Craft presents 33 highly ironic, political, sarcastic, and just plain
amusing works by 32 makers from across the US and abroad—and
highlighting a diverse range of materials, techniques and artists that
might not otherwise be seen—the show challenges viewers to move beyond
their own frames of reference when considering
approaches to contemporary art. The concept of “funny” can vary widely
based on a variety of factors such as social background, personal experiences and values, knowledge of popular culture events, education,
national origin, etc. There are overlaps but also differences in humor
perception. For the artists in this exhibition, hardly any topic is
off-limits, apparently everything can be made fun
of. And why not laugh at the human foibles, the banana-peel jokes, and,
yes, the politicians?
How else could we stand especially the latter?
This exhibition is available to travel to other venues. Email the author for further information.