Jun 10th 2011

Caroline Picard: Happiness Machines

@ Roxaboxen Exhibitions

2130 W 21st St, Chicago, IL 60608

Opening Friday, June 10th, from 6PM - 10PM

On view through Friday, June 24th

Happiness Machines—the NEW energy drink—is a beast of joy. So good you’ll be hooked! Be gone dull day, now you can get your zip and smile about it. Happiness Machines will make its debut appearance this June at Roxaboxen and will be available for free during the run of the self-titled exhibition.

Happiness Machines—the NEW, flanking exhibition—features hundreds of cut-out collage drawings made with fugitive materials (construction paper, white-out, fluorescent pen, permanent pen etc). Awkward graphite outlines of celebrity referents like (among others) the Olsen twins, Orlan, Kurt Cobain, Angelina Joli, Damien Hirst, and Michael Jackson are juxtaposed with text gleaned from tabloid headlines, advertisements and, occasionally, philosophers. While various, each drawing is part of a single *fan-tsy* edition, hanging like comics in a drug store, sheathed in plastic sleeves. Drawings are available for $3 each.

Psycho Dream Factory—the NEW book—inspired both exhibit and delightful green experiment beverage! Happiness Machines. Each story appropriates celebrity figures like paper dolls and enacts new drama. Imagine Dr. Dre’s first experience coming on the Burning Man festival! Imagine MJ’s death was only a publicity stunt! What if Woody Allen found a protégé? These are just some of the scenarios you’ll entertain in this delightful volume. Introduction provided by Lily Robert-Foley, with delicious design created and covers printed by Sonnenzimmer, this full-color book was made in an edition of 100 and will be available for $20.

Prior to the exhibition, 25 copies of Psycho Dream Factory were placed, with bar codes, in supermarket checkout aisles in Chicago IL.

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