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  Skeetshooting , 2014. Photo by Ashley L. Wood.  Copier paper, tape, stand light, sunlight bulb, bang snaps (gunpowder, dirt, cigarette paper), furniture polish, chalk dust, trick pen, Wite-Out, metal yardstick.   Letters to Steve Martin  explores the metaphysics of telling jokes. This body of work focuses on Martin’s discussion of the mechanics of a joke. In his autobiography  Born Standing Up , Martin posits that jokes don’t require punchlines; instead, the audience members should choose their own moment to laugh or not laugh at all. The gallery audience is left to read, interpret, and perform the punchline for this fractured narrative in space.

Skeetshooting, 2014. Photo by Ashley L. Wood.

Copier paper, tape, stand light, sunlight bulb, bang snaps (gunpowder, dirt, cigarette paper), furniture polish, chalk dust, trick pen, Wite-Out, metal yardstick.

Letters to Steve Martin explores the metaphysics of telling jokes. This body of work focuses on Martin’s discussion of the mechanics of a joke. In his autobiography Born Standing Up, Martin posits that jokes don’t require punchlines; instead, the audience members should choose their own moment to laugh or not laugh at all. The gallery audience is left to read, interpret, and perform the punchline for this fractured narrative in space.

  Skeetshooting , 2014. Photo by Ashley L. Wood.  Copier paper, tape, stand light, sunlight bulb, bang snaps, furniture polish, chalk dust, trick pen, Wite-Out, metal yardstick.

Skeetshooting, 2014. Photo by Ashley L. Wood.

Copier paper, tape, stand light, sunlight bulb, bang snaps, furniture polish, chalk dust, trick pen, Wite-Out, metal yardstick.

  Skeetshooting , 2014. Photo by Ashley L. Wood.  Bang snaps, furniture polish, chalk dust.

Skeetshooting, 2014. Photo by Ashley L. Wood.

Bang snaps, furniture polish, chalk dust.

  Skeetshooting , 2014. Photo by Ashley L. Wood.  Bang snaps, furniture polish, chalk dust.

Skeetshooting, 2014. Photo by Ashley L. Wood.

Bang snaps, furniture polish, chalk dust.

  Skeetshooting , 2014. Photo by Ashley L. Wood.  Bang snaps, furniture polish, chalk dust.

Skeetshooting, 2014. Photo by Ashley L. Wood.

Bang snaps, furniture polish, chalk dust.

  Letters to Steve Martin,  2014. Photo by Ashley L. Wood.  Trick pen, Wite-Out, metal yardstick.

Letters to Steve Martin, 2014. Photo by Ashley L. Wood.

Trick pen, Wite-Out, metal yardstick.

  Red Herring/Tragic Hero , 2014. Photo by Ashley L. Wood.   Name plate.

Red Herring/Tragic Hero, 2014. Photo by Ashley L. Wood. 

Name plate.

  Red Herring/Tragic Hero , 2014. Photo by Ashley L. Wood.   Name plate.

Red Herring/Tragic Hero, 2014. Photo by Ashley L. Wood. 

Name plate.

Skeetshooting, 2014. Photo by Ashley L. Wood.

Copier paper, tape, stand light, sunlight bulb, bang snaps (gunpowder, dirt, cigarette paper), furniture polish, chalk dust, trick pen, Wite-Out, metal yardstick.

Letters to Steve Martin explores the metaphysics of telling jokes. This body of work focuses on Martin’s discussion of the mechanics of a joke. In his autobiography Born Standing Up, Martin posits that jokes don’t require punchlines; instead, the audience members should choose their own moment to laugh or not laugh at all. The gallery audience is left to read, interpret, and perform the punchline for this fractured narrative in space.

Skeetshooting, 2014. Photo by Ashley L. Wood.

Copier paper, tape, stand light, sunlight bulb, bang snaps, furniture polish, chalk dust, trick pen, Wite-Out, metal yardstick.

Skeetshooting, 2014. Photo by Ashley L. Wood.

Bang snaps, furniture polish, chalk dust.

Skeetshooting, 2014. Photo by Ashley L. Wood.

Bang snaps, furniture polish, chalk dust.

Skeetshooting, 2014. Photo by Ashley L. Wood.

Bang snaps, furniture polish, chalk dust.

Letters to Steve Martin, 2014. Photo by Ashley L. Wood.

Trick pen, Wite-Out, metal yardstick.

Red Herring/Tragic Hero, 2014. Photo by Ashley L. Wood. 

Name plate.

Red Herring/Tragic Hero, 2014. Photo by Ashley L. Wood. 

Name plate.

  Skeetshooting , 2014. Photo by Ashley L. Wood.  Copier paper, tape, stand light, sunlight bulb, bang snaps (gunpowder, dirt, cigarette paper), furniture polish, chalk dust, trick pen, Wite-Out, metal yardstick.   Letters to Steve Martin  explores the metaphysics of telling jokes. This body of work focuses on Martin’s discussion of the mechanics of a joke. In his autobiography  Born Standing Up , Martin posits that jokes don’t require punchlines; instead, the audience members should choose their own moment to laugh or not laugh at all. The gallery audience is left to read, interpret, and perform the punchline for this fractured narrative in space.
  Skeetshooting , 2014. Photo by Ashley L. Wood.  Copier paper, tape, stand light, sunlight bulb, bang snaps, furniture polish, chalk dust, trick pen, Wite-Out, metal yardstick.
  Skeetshooting , 2014. Photo by Ashley L. Wood.  Bang snaps, furniture polish, chalk dust.
  Skeetshooting , 2014. Photo by Ashley L. Wood.  Bang snaps, furniture polish, chalk dust.
  Skeetshooting , 2014. Photo by Ashley L. Wood.  Bang snaps, furniture polish, chalk dust.
  Letters to Steve Martin,  2014. Photo by Ashley L. Wood.  Trick pen, Wite-Out, metal yardstick.
  Red Herring/Tragic Hero , 2014. Photo by Ashley L. Wood.   Name plate.
  Red Herring/Tragic Hero , 2014. Photo by Ashley L. Wood.   Name plate.