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Rob, 2014, 18"H x 8"W x 7.5" D, polymer clay and mixed media



Through–January 24, 2015

Pari Nadimi Gallery is pleased to present Punchline, a solo exhibition by Toronto-based artist Sarah Farndon.   

In this exhibition, Farndon plays with the artistic tradition of the political bust. Abandoning the serious and contemplative, the artist instead chose to depict a selection of political leaders in moments of joyous, uninhibited laughter.  So what is so funny?  What is the punchline?  Is the viewer in on the joke, or are they possibly the butt of it? 


Traditionally the bust has been used as a way to depict those in power; politicians and rulers. Farndon is attempting to bring this traditional art form into the 21st century and make it relevant for the modern viewer. 

The exhibition consists of a series of busts depicting some of the world’s current politicians, Barack Obama, Rob Ford, Angela Merkel, David Cameron, Stephen Harper, and others, laughing hysterically. 

Sarah Farndon born in Toronto, Canada (1987) and studied at OCAD University, Toronto, Canada.  She has been exhibiting her work since 2007.  Her recent solo exhibitions include Prison and Plinth, Cambridge Galleries (Cambridge, Ontario) in 2013, 2 of 2 Gallery in 2012 and 2 of 2 Gallery 2010. Punch Line is Sarah Farndon’s first solo exhibition at Pari Nadimi Gallery.  

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