We sat down with Milutin Gubash, the artist behind Situational Comedy, to ask him about his work:
Q: Tell us about the exhibition.
A: The exhibition at KW|AG is one of five venues for a series of 10 year surveys. Each is curated individually. It is made up of four works – a long video in series, modeled on the idea of a DIY sitcom/reality show (Born Rich, Getting Poorer, 2008-2012); a set of photo portraits of people who are in the videos (my mother, my wife, my oldest friend); a comic strip (Tito My Friend, 2010 – in-progress), based around my 119-year-old grandfather of the same name and a wall-text piece (Episode 1, Scene 1).
Q: What inspired this work?
A: It was inspired by trying to understand the relationship between my actual life and my work as an artist, and (in the broader picture, in relationship to other projects) how my own overt presence shapes the understanding of my work through autobiography/fake autobiography.
Q: Did you learn anything about your family you didn’t know?
A: I learned a lot of things, many of which are not clarifying, but anything I didn’t learn that I wanted to I just made up.
Q: What was most surprising or exciting?
A: Discovering new facet, relationships and meanings in my own work once it is in exhibition.
Q: If you could spend the day with any artist (living or deceased) who would it be and what would you do?
A: Cave painters ofLascaux. I would do what they do — I imagine painting things I am obsessed with on a wall.
A final free public tour of Situational Comedy and Emotional Blackmail takes place on Thursday, June 28 at 7 pm.