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I Just Want to be Taken Seriously as an Artist etc, the title piece of the show, goes about being taken seriously by making itself as unserious as possible. The video piece is played in a darkened room surrounded by clown portraits – their eyes scan the room and make for an extremely uncomfortable viewing experience. It’s an intense space that gave rise to the myriad fears I have of the clown -which was most certainly not quelled by their paused, crazed, gleeful expressions. The video plays out a series of joke-telling performances by each clown, the delivery of which is never quite right: either failing to amuse or changing the tone at the ending and resisting a climax.

To read the full review by Laura Thornley on 19th April 2012
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