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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Humor Yourself at The Stamp Gallery

John Shipman and Rachel Bone
OPENING RECEPTION: Wednesday, May 19, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
The Stamp Gallery presents Humor Yourself, an exhibition featuring the illustrations of local artists John Shipman and Rachel Bone, who combine whimsical, dreamlike images and concise, illustrative styles. Humor Yourself playfully explores the potential of illustrations to enhance our otherwise common perceptions of the world. These undisguised pieces—surreal but concrete, fantastic but minimal—take a rational approach to their irrational subject matter. By engaging viewers with their acute humor and sharp irony, these pieces invite the audience to focus their imaginations on single fanciful moments in order to make connections between illusory subjects and the precise, fastidious manner in which they're portrayed. If you don't believe the disparity between fantasy and reality can be reconciled, these works dare you to fill in the gaps. Go ahead. Humor yourself.

The Stamp Gallery is located on the first floor of the Stamp Student Union on the campus of the University of Maryland, College Park. The gallery is free and open to the public Mondays-Thursdays 10:00am – 8:00pm; Fridays 10:00am – 6:00pm; and Saturdays 11:00am – 5:00pm. For more information please visit the gallery’s website http://thestamp.umd.edu/gallery/ or call (301) 314-8493.

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