MAKE ME LAUGH

MAKE ME LAUGH

On display this evening, a pastiche of paintings from Oddball Land. The poet Sir Max Beerbohm reflected that no one ever died of laughter. Object of brush and palette: the rebuttal. The clown is Jackie Slater. His occupation, a comedian. His aspirations, to collect funny bones and hang them on the walls of his life to hide the cracked plaster and yellowed wallpaper that is part of the interior decoration of failure. Poor Jackie Slater: a bad joke told in a foreign language in an empty hall—the comic unable to coax laughter. The painting is called “Make Me Laugh,” and this lightless limbo is called the Night Gallery.