For its Fall show at the Pacific Design Center, Young Projects will be focusing on the nature of humor in the realm of video art with a particular focus on female artists. The show features the work of 15 contemporary artists from around the world including Tamy Ben-Tor, Melanie Bonajo, Devon Green, Nadia Hironaka, Susi Jirkuff, Stayna Kahn & Harry Dodge, Julie Lequin, Jillian McDonald, Ashleigh Nankivell, Trine Lise Nedreaas, Laura Nova and Catherine Ross.
These works represent a range of methodologies and styles, from straight narratives to abstraction; from classic animation to tableau. What they all share is an overt comic approach, which is generally in the service of larger thematic concerns--whether formal or conceptual. Yet unlike humor-based shows of the past, by focusing on female artists exclusively, the show hopes to explore some of the ways in which women approach the medium in a distinctive way. Aside from a pronounced irreverence, which is common to male and female artists alike, they often exhibit a particular approach to the body, characters, physical space, and perhaps most importantly, sound.