The art of the absurd at Cornerhouse
By The Art Newspaper. From In The Frame
Published online: 21 June 2012
Art and humour don't always mix so it'll be interesting to see how visitors react to Los Angeles artist Stanya Kahn's "signature blend of dark comedy, visceral characters and reluctant optimism", as the press statement says, at the Cornerhouse in Manchester (23 June-16 September). The artist dons a giant foam penis for the video piece Lookin’ Good, Feelin’ Good (2012) while two paper puppets are the protagonists of Arms Are Overrated (2012). Does Stanya get serious though? Environmental and political concerns apparently lie beneath the artist's self deprecating facade (so it's not just about performing penises).
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