"A Laughing Matter", author unknown, Perimeter
review of the exhibition "Laughing" at Plug In Gallery, Winnipeg
Plug-In Gallery was abuzz last Friday night at the opening of the Laughing exhibit, the subject of which is, appropriately, humour.
Sweaty spectators packed into the space to check out pieces from both established and up and coming artists, including current art darling Marcel Dzama (whose work has been reportedly snatched up by such sassy Hollywood celebs as John Travolta and Woody Harrelson).
Among the most popular bits (ie. the one that generated the most laughs) was a piece by Les Newman, depicting dozens of different phone numbers painted on cardboard. Where's the laugh? The punch line is the title of the work:"Untitled (All the rude assholes who treated me like shit while I tried to make a living at my job as a telephone market researcher during the month of Oct. '98)."
Another chuckle generator was a performance piece bu Shawna Dempsey and Lori Millan, who spent the evening dressed in full Lesbian Park Ranger regalia, mingling and handing out pamphlets informing the public how you, too, could become a Lesbian Park Ranger.
Itís a shame if you missed their one-night-only performance, but the rest of the show is certainly worth a hearty snort and runs till March 13.