Critical Writing Index

Carry a Big Shtick

by Rachel Wolff

ARTnews, Sept. 2008, v. 107, no. 8, pp. 128-131

A look at artists utilizing sketch comedy and comic personae in their live and video performances. The humour in their work is viewed as one strategy for exploring political themes, and for making complicated issues around race, sexuality, culture, gender more engaging for audiences. Several recent, international video works are discussed, as are the benefits of a lo-fi aesthetic (a distinguishing feature of certain types of performance video), and the differences between art sketch and late-night television sketch comedy.

ITEM 2008.159 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

The Video of a Man Calling Himself Bin Laden Staying in JapanMakoto Aida

Conversations wit de ChurenKalup Linzy

SweetBerry SonnetKalup Linzy

Latins Do it Better (Madonna Meets Sor Kitty)Martin Sastre

Exotica, the Rat and the LiberalTamy Ben-Tor

JudensauTamy Ben-Tor

Home 2Olaf Breuning

CheerleaderKatarzyna Kozyra

If I Were Harry PotterThe Blue Noses Group

WinnerHarriet "Harry" Dodge and Stanya Kahn