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Some works might make viewers laugh out loud others may provoke a smile while still others will probably induce no more than an unexhibited amusement SJMA The Lighter Side of Bay Area Figuration 1 Susan Landauer says this in regards to the latest exhibit at the San Jose Museum of Art The show offers a wide range of pieces from the technically proficient to the texturally interesting all had a lighthearted quality I found Joe Bot by Clayton Bailey and Untitled by Joan Brown to be two particularly interesting pieces that typify the exhibit The Lighter Side of Bay Area Figuration is akin to Michealangelos whole career on a bohemian vacation Hawaiian shirts included Works exhibited demonstrate an array of concepts from auto biography and Surrealisms love of the bizarre and evocative juxtaposition to social and cultural taboos Chadwick 309 The chosen media of the exhibit include metal and glasswork along with the more traditional means of art such as painting sketches and plaster sculpture Imagine the David with a light show in his chest carrots for feet and a dog staring up at him with wide curious eyes If the reader can imagine this then she will be fully prepared for what the SJMA has to offer It integrates a keen sense of technology Clayton equips his dog sculpture with a motion detector so it emits and electronic bark as museum-goers walk by while preserving the classic concepts of anatomical study and what might be considered Salon training in mid-nineteenth century Paris Clayton Baileys sense of fun exhibited in his bot sculptures has infected popular opinion of him He is credited with being the zaniest of his fellow northern Californian peers An excellent piece to explore his zany nature is Joe Bot one of his latest pieces Clayton Bailey emphasizes the integration of technology and classic figure study in his piece Joe Bot 2000 steel glass electronics The sculpture resembles a junk drawer man
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