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John Wood and Paul Harrison bring low-key absurdity to the CAMH.

Houston, home to the collaborative duo The Art Guys (Michael Galbreth and Jack Massing), is a great place for this exhibition. Those familiar with the Art Guys' long history of absurd performances will find the work especially interesting. (The Art Guys began collaborating in 1983; Wood and Harrison began ten years later in 1993.)

In Board, the artists explore their "suspicion of dance."
Courtesy of the artists
In Board, the artists explore their "suspicion of dance."

While the Art Guys and Wood and Harrison all embrace humor and absurdity, they each have their own cultural spin. The Art Guys excel in satirically over-the-top showmanship and salesmanship, a send-up of American stereotypes. Meanwhile, Wood and Harrison's expressionless stoicism in the face of absurdity is a skillful exaggeration of stereotypical British understatement and restraint. But, no matter where your cultural — or artistic — allegiances lie, "Answers to Questions" is worth checking out.

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