Monday, October 12, 2015

Group Show at Dold Projects

Jos De Gruyter & Harald Thys

Clownic comedy, funny for its exaggeration and broken social codes, carries with it an jagged edge of distrust.  Slapstick is violence upon the real, and the clown uses slapstick to make his violence appear as fiction. The clown, building unreality, edges complete societal breakdown, the clown might enter your personal space and never leave it, as a joke or as true violence is hard to tell, but its why clowns and horror have always gone hand in hand, as a comedy is often indistinguishable from violence.  And this sort of comedic terror has a lot to do with this show, with that awful funny video.