Mar 17 2010 Harrow Observer
ART that is as enjoyable to look at as it is to think about is the topic of a new exhibition.
Works associated with the movements known as funism and stuckism have gone on display at The Wall@The Gallery, within The Gallery at Willesden Green, in the form of photographs, drawings, installations, cartoons, technological apparatus and other unique media.
Stuckism is an international art movement founded in 1999 by Billy Childish and Charles Thomson to promote figurative painting in opposition to conceptual art.
The Stuckists have staged shows and gained media attention for outspoken comments and demonstrations - particularly outside
Tate Britain against the Turner Prize - sometimes dressed in clown costumes.
Funism was conceived by Norm Magnusson as an antidote to artwork that was so elitist it became inaccessible to ordinary people. Nowadays, he produces allegorical animal paintings containing social commentaries.
Curator Kyla Bullows said: "The aim of the exhibition is for people to come in and not feel intimidated by the art.
"Sometimes you can go to an exhibition and not be able to understand it without having an art history degree.
"We wanted to introduce a little bit of humour to appeal to different people who wouldn't necessarily think about going to see an exhibition.
"All the pieces are new. There's nine articles so I think there's going to be 30-plus pieces and I'm putting in a piece myself. They didn't have to be humorous and some of the work is thought-provoking."
* See Funism With A Side Of Stuckism for free until Friday, April 9, at The Gallery at Willesden Green, at Willesden Green Library Centre, High Road, Willesden Green, which is open daily from 10am to 10pm.