The Mad King's Caernival
Kevin Watson, BFA Senior Exhibition in Photography
When: April 11 - 19, 2016
Where: S. Tucker Cooke Gallery
Opening Reception: Friday, April 15, 6-8:00 p.m.
Gallery Hours: 9:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. Monday - Friday
All events are free and open to the public
Artist Statement: The Mad King's Caernival: World-Building as Artistic Practice
This exhibit aims to build a constructed imaginary world called the Caernival that examines and subverts Western ideals and cultural values. In the tradition of the festive reversal ritual of Carnival, this world uses oppositional discourse to critically examine cultural norms as choices instead of hegemonic standards that are never refuted. It asks the viewer to consider the opposite of what is generally considered normal and ideal, to evaluate their own conceptions of what is “right” and what is “wrong”. Western conceptions of aesthetic beauty, consumerism, sexuality, individualism, and spirituality are critiqued through the use of Mikhail Bakhtin’s carnivalesque theory (a cluster of ideas that essentially describe “a world upside down,” wherein ideologies and truths are contested, the sacred and profane are mingled, and authority is subverted through humor and chaos), themes of madness, and the grotesque.