Provocative One-Liners Can Work

Art that is only a joke runs itself thin, but the one-liner that opens up into a new bubble of thought that is funny and provocative is intriguing and hard to find. Ceal Floyer does it well in her piece “Today’s Special” (the first part of the video covers this piece and the rest shows the rest of her exhibition at 303 in NYC-April 2009).

Ceal Floyer

A new inspiration/favorite artist. Ceal Floyer’s witty & poignant work hits on something I constantly am striving for. Her work is dryly poetic in the way of a John Updike short story, but lingers like a drip on the edge of a spout. (Yeah, I just made that up! Ha!) Anyway, her work is interesting. The most interesting thing to me is the reveal of the work. First you have to figure out what it is, then you “get it”, then there is a moment of transcendence where you realized it’s more profound than you first thought. I like where these pieces sit in my mind. I like the way my mind is encouraged to wander and connect.

Ceal Floyer at Lisson Gallery
An article from Frieze

Ceal Floyer-Solo

Ceal Floyer-Wish you were here

Ceal Floyer-Taking a Line for a Walk