I thought I’d start this blog out with something light and cheerful. I can’t deny that in the long run, I’m a complete sucker for humor. Being in grad school for the past two years in ‘Studio Art’, I’ve faced constant reluctance to my role as a humorous artist. My question is: does art have to be so damn serious all the time? Yes, perhaps there are plenty of artists working with things that are “funny”, but it seems that they’re often not taken as seriously as the “serious” artists are. Conceptual and theoretical art put aside, I appreciate humor in its essence because it MAKES ME LAUGH. That, in itself, is worth a thousand words. Laughter = not suffering. Those who are suffering should laugh more. Those who aren’t suffering should laugh more. Those who are too serious about everything.. should laugh more. When I’m feeling shitty about myself and my work, I should laugh more. If you’re judging this blog post already, then you should laugh more too, dammit.
I Love Lucy is one of my favorites. Classic spoofs of ridiculousness, and yet amazingly well done by talented performers, writers and directors. Lucille Ball was a gem of female strength and awesomeness, and her “multicultural” relationship with Cuban bandleader and fellow performer Dezi Arnaz was certainly unique on the big screen for its time. While I Love Lucy was aimed at making its audience laugh, it also had plenty of references to the life realities of the time. I wish there were more shows like I Love Lucy today. It made me laugh so hard that I forgot for a second that there aren’t, at least none that I know of.