Friday, July 26, 2013

America's Funniest Home Videos

This is my piece for Gallery 1988's We Made Them Do It art show, which opens tonight in LA.

Gallery 1988 kick-started a trend when they opened in 2004, and this show is their commentary on the flood of pop culture galleries and shows that have sprung up across the country over the last decade. The idea was for artists to take an outlandish or obscure piece of media they thought they'd never see an artistic tribute to, and make it a reality.

I chose Americas Funniest Home Videos, which I think fits the theme perfectly. I don't know why, but I just got this image in my head of Bob Saget looking very serious and distressed right before going out on stage to become the goofy and bad-joke-cracking host we remember him being. It just struck me as really funny to think about the serious and/or human side of such a silly and family-friendly childhood show.

In keeping with the theme of the show, the title of the piece is "You Might Be a Star Tonight," which sounds like it's going for some sort of serious message, but is actually just a line from the show's theme song.

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