Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Exhibit calculated to drive you Mad

Posted By on Tue, Apr 21, 2009 at 6:15 PM

click to enlarge WAR GAMES:A reinterpretation of "Spy vs. Spy" by Chainsaw Chuck
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A timely, almost bittersweet subtext informs The Mad Generation: A Lowbrow Tribute to the Art & Artists of Mad Magazine at the Gallery at East Atlanta Tattoo. The 56-year-old satiric humor magazine goes from monthly to quarterly publication with its April issue. Sometimes it's hard to see the lighter side of the slumping print business model.

Nevertheless, Mad shaped generations of creative sensibilities, as proved by the more than 30 artists who pay affectionate homage to its daffily iconic images at East Atlanta’s self-styled lowbrow gallery. Curator Dirk Hays clearly struck a chord with the gallery’s stable of artists. Most of the pieces tend to avoid complex deconstruction or politicized interpretations, but will tickle people who are already fans of Mad’s mildly subversive cartooning.

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