Edgar Arceneaux: The Alchemy of Comedy... Stupid

Edgar Arceneaux: The Alchemy of Comedy... Stupid
Library Shelf Location 18.ARCE
Publication Date 2007

"The Alchemy of Comedy...Stupid" documents a multi-channel installation by contemporary video artist Edgar Arceneaux. Centered on video footage of popular comedian David Alan Grier, the artwork examines the nuances and structures of comedy routines, jokes, and humor itself. Arceneaux shot footage of Grier over the course of a week performing at three sites in Chicago; the resulting artwork calls into question the relationship between performer and audience, comedy and comedian, and laughter and pathos. Alongside stills from the video, the book presents facsimile reproductions of pages from a notebook kept by Arceneaux during the production of the work, as well as transcripts of some of Grier's routines; together, the materials offer a revealing look into the formative processes of both comedy and art.

ISBN 9780945323112
Quantity 1
Pages 96p; 4 x 0.8 x 21.6 cm
Author Edgar Arceneaux
Format Paperback
Publishers University of Chicago Press, Gallery 400, College of Architecture and the Arts, University of Illinois at Chicage, Whitewalls, Chicago
Related Artist Edgar Arceneaux
Categories Artist (relating to a single artist/collaborative team), Film and Artists' Moving Image
Keywords video art, Stand-up comedy, Comedy
Artist's Nationality American (USA)
Language English

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