Fun House 2018

Art  of the Surreal, Fantastic and Bizarre

May 12 - June 23, 2018

Juror's Statement // Istvan Banyai
Illustrator - Animator - Designer

A great variety of pagan sensibility invested into instinctive self-investigation here under the umbrella of "Art"!

There is no art just artists, Ernst Gomrich the art historian said that...and he is right!

Just look at this selection, it illustrates it!

Dali-esque surreal elements, mixed Hopper residue or Bosch bits a'la Magritte mixed with comics and graffiti input all over.....easy to see!

A dark landscape, very little humor to prey on!

The politically corrected put the meaning and invention out of the recipe.... it is risqué to be controversial this days!

The recycled is safe!

But it is a positive activity, to draw, or paint and sculpt!

I am no different, I am struggling with my own limitations... as well!

Good luck with yours!

Quote from Kurt Vonnegut:

If you want to really hurt you parents, and you don't have the nerve to be gay, the least you can do is go into the arts. I'm not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven's sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possible can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.

Enjoy the view!


Juror’s Statement // Danijela Krha Purssey
Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief
Beautiful Bizarre Magazine

As the Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of international contemporary art magazine Beautiful Bizarre, it was a thrill to see all the beautiful and bizarre entries for this year’s Fun House Prize! The depth and variety of media in this year’s entry pool included not just photography, and digital and traditional art, but also wearable art. This allowed me another tantalizing glimpse into the scope of creativity being born into the world. These artists who are not afraid to go against the traditional fine art establishment, to embrace the figurative over abstraction and conceptual art, to spend the hours and years necessary to hone their craft - and then to forge a brave new path - baring their beautiful AND bizarre creative souls to the world through their work. 
Every day in my role as Editor-in-Chief of one of the world’s most cutting edge contemporary art magazines, I am uplifted and inspired by the passionate artistic expression of others to continue my important work as advocate for the arts – the Fun House Prize has further motivated me in my journey.And for this I am very grateful to the Barrett Art Center, for choosing me to be a part of this year’s Jury.
It was a delight to see creative expression flourishing with the help and motivation of the Fun House Prize. Thank you to all the creatives that entered this year, I have certainly come away from the Jury Panel enriched with many new artists and wearable artists to follow. 
Choosing the Juror’s Prize was certainly a difficult task considering the number of entries and the quality of work! 
I am deeply honoured to award my individual Juror’s Prize to figurative ceramicist Susannah Zucker, for her work “Mask”. I am incredibly impressed with Susannah’s technique and her response to the theme. ‘Mask’ is a beautifully executed clay sculpture that also shows real emotion. The mask she is holding is a bird’s skull brushed with silver leaf accents, and feathers begin to grow on her body. Susannah evocatively captures the early stages of her subjects transformation in hand-built ceramic, from human to bird. Susannah exquisitely expresses both the subjects perplexity in this change and her inquisitive embracing of it.
Susannah not only pursues and develops her own creative practice, but also gives her time and insight to teach others - supporting and encouraging emerging artists. This is directly in keeping with the mission of Beautiful Bizarre Magazine. Congratulations Susannah!