Milutin Gubash: Situational Comedy
May 9, 2012 - July 8, 2012
Opening Reception: Fri, May 11, 7 pm
Opening remarks at 7:30 pm
Central to Situational Comedy is Gubash's major video work, Born Rich, Getting Poorer. Structured as a series of episodes and filmed in a style which blends reality and sitcom genres, the series stars the artist and his family members as themselves in believable, day-to-day situations. As the episodes progress, we encounter the life of the artist as a complicated - though comedic - site of converging roles (son, husband, father, friend, and neighbour). What at first seems like a vaudevillian struggle to meet the expectations of his family members, gradually becomes the artist's own existential search for his roots. A laugh track, that insistent caricature of emotional response, can be heard throughout the series, prompting us to consider how factual document and dramatic license often mingle in the most affecting stories.
Episodes 1 - 5 of Born Rich, Getting Poorer are available for sign-out. Please inquire at the reception desk of the Gallery.
Milutin Gubash was born in Novi Sad (Serbia), and currently lives and works in Québec. Gubash has mounted exhibitions in Canada, the United States, and Europe. His series of videos titled Lots were the basis of a touring exhibition organized by the Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montréal. Most recently, Gubash's work has been the subject of a ten-year survey project organized and presented by a partnership between Carleton University Art Gallery, Rodman Hall Art Centre, Musée de Joliette and the Southern Alberta Art Gallery. A major monograph on his work will be published by KW|AG in collaboration with the tour partners in late 2012.