Happy Not Sappy

Loading Events

Kaplan Gallery

What role does happiness play in contemporary art? Is it hard to make artwork that is happy without getting sappy? The eight artists in this exhibition bring a mix of exuberance, independence, irreverence, and play to artwork and the practice of making art. Even when borrowing from nostalgic sources and popular mythologies, their work seems “happy”. They channel a Matisse-like attitude toward happiness; one of acceptance rather than escape from a life permeated by joy, sadness, loss and victory. Gravitating toward idiosyncratic materials and unpredictable studio practices, they open a conversation about the relationship of happiness and sappiness to contemporary art and culture.

Artists include: Stewart Watson, Kelley Bell, Margo Malter, Nick Peelor, Amy Boone-McCreesh, David Krueger, Bonnie Crawford-Kotula, Fabienne Lasserre.

Artist Talk: During Reception Friday, December 12 from 7–9pm,

Artist Discussion: Sunday, January 11 from 2-4pm