“101 one-liners; Falling Flat” Opening Reception
BOLT Resident Jennifer Mills explores the potential rise and fall of an artist’s joke anthology. In this most recent body of work, Mills uses her playful aesthetic and interest in serial art making to explore the concept of a ‘one-liner’. In 101 one-liners; Falling Flat Mills challenges the nature of these pithy jokes through 101 multi-media works that exist purely as concise, visual quips. Even with flatness and evaporation as a goal, the accumulation of colorful and noisy gags overwhelms, evoking a sense of fullness and surplus. True to the form of a joke book or anthology, the mass of works range in success and direction. The potential for any one of the works to fail within the larger body is implicit, and examines broader questions of success and failure, fullness and emptiness, surface and depth.