David Gilhooly

Joseph Chowning Gallery

David Gilhooly has made dramatic changes in his work in the past year and a half. Gilhooly made his name as a ceramics artist, but he was no mere fashioner of pots and ashtrays. He produced everything from trompe l’oeil replicas of confections and vegetables to massive tableaux of figures from classical and his own personal mythology, in which frogs serve as surrogates for humans and deities. The Canadian critic Gary Michael Dault has aptly characterized Gilhooly’s frog cosmologies as Menippean satires, referring to the literary form invented in the third century BC by the Cynic Menippus. Menippus freely combined verse and prose in his satirical essays, which ridiculed anyone opposing the Cynics’ belief in virtue as the only good. Similarly, Gilhooly scrambles representational idioms to produce absurd byplays of human history and legend.

Gilhooly’s new work is no less rebarbative or whimsical

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