The Funny Farm Project
October 4 - 29, 2000
The Funny Farm Project is a photographic exploration of a farmhouse interior where popular cultural icons and artifacts are juxtaposed and re-contextualized. It is a visual testament to the pervasiveness of our consumer culture. Thirty-six richly-detailed, colour photographs present rooms full of post-industrial detritus juxtaposed in humourous and satirical ways. The sacred and secular are combined, providing a new perspective on consumption and obsession.
Funny Farm Background: The Funny Farm, an old farmhouse, was home to Laura Kikauka, a performance artist and confirmed collectaholic (1986-1992). Kikauka created specifically-named environments using household objects, consumer items and electronics culled from junk shops, garage sales and dumpsters: Mr. Dress-up Room; The Love Den; The KITSCHen; The Disco as well as The White Room, a respite from over-stimulation. In 1996, the installations were deconstructed and the house sold.