Now in its fourth edition, That’s Funny invites artists and comedians to perform short sets of comedic material on a set designed by Bonanza as a celebration of comedy’s potential for posturing and resilience. With humor and satire informing much of the collective’s multi-disciplinary practice, That’s Funny began as an alternative to a traditional opening event for Bonanza’s dyke, ginger, Mexican show at Interface Gallery, Oakland in 2017. The collective has staged iterations of That’s Funny at the Walter McBean Gallery at the San Francisco Art Institute and Gallery 16 in San Francisco.
That’s Funny is one of three events that examine the concept of performance as edition, curated by visual artist Jonn Herschend for What is an edition, anyway?. Encompassing literary, musical, and comedic practice, the events acknowledge performance’s implicit conundrum between poles of repetitive and unique actions. Original, limited-edition posters, designed by Herschend and THE THING Quarterly co-founder Will Rogan, are released at each event and installed in the gallery on the day of the performance.
ABOUT THE PERFORMERS
Bonanza is the collaborative practice of Conrad Guevara, Lindsay Tully, and Lana Williams. Bonanza’s diverse projects include installation, film, and fashion. The artists regularly employ abstraction, performance, and humor, often using their projects as a platform for others. Bonanza’s work has been exhibited at Gallery 16, n/a, Interface, Southern Exposure, and The di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art. They are currently having an early retrospective at the Buffalo Institute of Contemporary Art. Their work has been written about by VICE, SFAQ, Art Practical, KQED, and the East Bay Express. The artists have produced several films, including their first film, The Initiation, which is a horror film that satirizes the rise of big tech in San Francisco, and The Drought, which investigates the effects (real and imagined) of the water crisis. They were the 2018 Artists in Residence at the San Francisco Recology Center and are currently working on a gig e-comedy short film. bonanzallc.co
ABOUT THE CURATOR
Jonn Herschend (b. 1967) is an interdisciplinary artist, filmmaker, and conceptual publisher. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at institutions such as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; SITE Santa Fe; the Telluride Film Festival; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. He is a winner of the Fleishhacker Eureka Fellowship, three Golden Gate Awards from the SFFILM Festival, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art SECA Art Award. He is co-founder and co-editor, along with Will Rogan, of the experimental publication THE THING Quarterly. Herschend received his MFA from the University of California, Berkeley. He has taught at California College of the Arts, San Francisco State University, Stanford University, and UC Berkeley. He currently teaches at the San Francisco Art Institute. He lives and works in San Francisco, California.