Shelf Life welcomes Forms of Stand Up Comedy (Pt. 2)

We’re in the final stretch for Shelf Life. This exhibition and series of programs has been an exhilarating opportunity to work with people who work with books in myriad ways, opening and expanding the definitions of publishing and publications. The Shelf Life roster has included publishers, poets, writers, curators, and artists who have all outlined possible futures for books. And now to further open the conversation that has been going on since July, we welcome Stand Up Comedy to Shelf Life!

Stand Up Comedy is Diana Kim and Scott Ponik, with Morgan Ritter. Based in Portland, OR, and Stand Up Comedy is a shop for clothing, printed matter, and objects. Their contribution to Shelf Life is a compilation of short videos about and around the subjects of reading, publishing, and performance, titled Forms of Stand Up Comedy (Pt. 2). ‘Pt. 1’ of Forms of Stand Up Comedy was exhibited as part of Motto Storefront, a 2010 project at Artspeak in Vancouver. About their project SUC writes:

Forms of Stand Up Comedy (Pt. 2) is again a video reel. Represented are direct subjects (fashion, art, consumer culture, reading) by indirect associations. The material collected is easily available to the public, and in this grouping of segments tells a short story of the shop and its current practice. Pt. 2 visits the distribution, consumption, and veneration of independent publishing as it exists currently within a system of alternative economies. It suggests the discussion be framed through multiple creative mediums, and with an expansive series of references that may help un-define its future.

Forms of Stand Up Comedy (Pt. 2) will be on display for a short time only — just until Shelf Life closes on Sunday, October 16th! Stop by soon for short clips of videos featuring George Carlin, Paul Rand, and even Glenn Danzig. (Really!)

Forms of Stand Up Comedy (Pt. 2)
Ongoing display
October 4 – 16
Test Site

Shelf Life is the Henry’s summer ode to BOOKS and READING. From July 1 – October 16th, the Henry has invited book lovers from various fields — independent publishers, librarians, poets, writers, designers, and, most importantly, readers — to share with us what they do and why they love to do it. For a complete list of Shelf Life related programming, please visit this page.

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