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  Painting Tomatoes, ©2006 Victor Cicansky  

Hosted by Calgary's Triangle Gallery of Visual Arts in 2008, the group exhibition Westward Ha! Visual Wit in the Wild West sampled the whole spectrum of visual humour, from jokes, gags and slapstick to irony, wit and satire, as well as touching upon some of the reasons why certain artists choose "the path less traveled" – the pathway of mirth and laughter.

Admittedly, there are people who wonder why certain highly trained artists opt to work outside of the mainstream, to produce art founded on whimsey, nonsense satire and comic surreality.

For this exhibition, sculptor Victor Cicansky directed his wit and talent to the task of conceiving an "in between world", a world between the reality of nature and of human imagination. His laughable recontextualizations and hybridizations swing from the ribald to the satiric, as evident in Painting Tomatoes.

As Picasso once pointed out, "It's not in the way you look at your subject that's important, but in the way you see it."

Painting Tomatoes
Clay, glaze
14" x 6" x 4"
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