Selected Press Bibliography
Louis Kaplan, Photography and Humour, Reaktion Books
For Warmouth, 'Jewish humor has always been concerned with subverting logic, language, identity, and generally turning things on their head,' and he brings that sensibility to his photomontage practice. He continues: 'Most of the profoundly funny material that really makes me laugh and think at the same time comes out of this tradition.' But the funniest and most incongruous thing to learn about this artist is that he is not actually Jewish. Turning things on their head, Warmouth confounds our expectations of his identity. This extra layer of irony leaves him in an appropriately uncomfortable situation of comic ambivalence. On the one hand, his photographic humour opens him up to the charge that he is making fun of Jewish people, therefore putting him at risk of being considered anti- Semitic. On the other hand, this postmodern artist illustrates the conversancy with and affirmation of Jewish humour that informs his entire creative practice, but that does not rely on Jewish belonging or the fixing of his own identity.
Space, Prix Pictet, teNeues Press
Louis Kaplan, The Power of Jewish Photographic Humor to Illuminate Dark Times, Forward, Feb 12, 2017
Jeffu Warmouth's grotesquely delectable Bagel Belly, below, addresses the close linkage of Jewish identity and humor. Here, the photo artist has some fun with one of the culture's gastronomic icons. There is also a good dose of self-mockery in "Bagel Belly," as we see the artist making fun of his own protruding paunch. Nevertheless, this decidedly Jewish humor is taken for a twist when we learn that the artist is not actually Jewish. Instead, he is a practicing Jewish humorist - that is someone who has soaked up this quality that binds American Jewish identity and who has done so from the "outside in."
Daryl Goh, KLEX offers a broad taste of contemporary arts, Star2, Nov 24, 2016
American conceptual artist Jeffu Warmouths work Fluid Bodies. His works often ask the viewers to unravel their relationships to language, identity, and culture.
Multimedia Artist Jeffu Warmouth to perform at Fitchburg State, Worcester Telegram, Mar 24, 2016
Multimedia artist Jeff Warmouth blends art and humor. Inspired by the Marx Brothers and co-creator of the movie Day of the Cabbage (about a cabbage hurtling to Earth), his contemporary takes on society can also be thought provoking.
Leandro Ceruti, Maquinas e ideas: el gobierno del arte futuro, Perfil, Sep 9, 2015
"Technology allows art to relate to viewers using the range of expression of contemporary society. It is not enough to look and interpret the world; we artists can (and must) communicate with our audience using the tools of our world" says Jeffu Warmouth, American who will participate in this new edition with the installation JeffuBurger, an interactive stand to order fast food that awakens unique behaviors in the employee of the screen. "Visitors of all ages are generally delighted to 'place orders' on the touch screen. People laugh, and also think critically because they recognize the satire of consumer culture, which is seen in the videos," says Jeffu.
Artworks Episode 329, Maryland Public Television, June 25, 2015
402: Jeffu Warmouth, WEDU-TV, Tampa, FL, Feb 12, 2015
Michael Hartwell, Fitchburg State gamers hit the 'Penny Arcade', Sentinel & Enterprise, Mar 10, 2014
Jeffu Warmouth: NO MORE FUNNY STUFF, Exhibition Catalogue
ARTWORKS, WHYY-TV, Philadelphia
ArtBeat Nation, PBS Eight, Arizona State University, Sep 14, 2014
ARTIFEX, WCNY-TV, Syracuse, NY, Aug 1, 2014
SPECTRUM, Season 2, Episode 38, KPBS-TV, San Diego, CA, Jul 19, 2014
Art New England, Special Museums Issue, Cover, May/June 2014
Greta Kuriger Suiter, Fitchburg Art Museum, Art & Archives, blog, June 7, 2014
Some highlights for me included an installation of competing fast food chains JeffuBurger and JFC. At JeffuBurger I ordered the Massachusetts burger which consisted of a meat patty shaped like the state, topped with baked beans, cranberry sauce, and Boston creme. I then got to watch Jeffu take a bite. Taking up a whole wall was a grocery store installation of boxes and cans, each with a custom label featuring a pun or abstract idea. There was much to read and look at here, and even later I find enjoyment in ones that I missed at first.
Milva DiDomizio, Art on the Marquee Hosts Next Generation of Media Artists, The Boston Globe, Apr 28, 2014
Margaret Weigel, Fuse Review: Digital Game Shorts for Now People, The Arts Fuse, Mar 30, 2014
My two favorites entries manage to use the vertical space extremely well as well as cram whimsy and meaning into a short frame of time. Jeffu Warmouth's Human Testbrix interprets the classic game of Tetris, but with Warmouth himself representing the bricks. Images of Warmouth in color-coded outfits and different positions fall from above and immediately click into a self-organizing pattern, creating a portrait of a life as an accumulation of selves.
Steve Annear, Video Game Art Will Take Over the Convention Center, Boston Magazine, Mar 17, 2014
Other concepts include Human Testbrix, by Jeffu Warmouth, which depicts human bodies taking the form of Tetris blocks as they fall from the top of the marquee and fit together.
Jenna Pitcher, Art on the Marquee flaunts game-inspired art on 80-foot-tall screen, Polygon, Mar 13, 2014
Jeffu Warmouth's Human Testbrix features a game of Tetris where the blocks are replaced by human bodies.
Jay Sugarman, Museum Open House: Fitchburg Art Museum, NewTV, Newton, MA
Cate McQuaid, Bringing the Funny, Cate McQuaid Blog, Mar 5, 2014
Cate McQuaid, From comic to compelling: Nothing fusty about Warmouth exhibition at Fitchburg Art Museum, The Boston Globe, Feb 28, 2014
The most affecting work, unreservedly, is the most recent. Warmouth leaves food behind and makes himself an everyman. In Fall, several versions of him plummet through a cloud-filled sky, like Yves Klein's photomontage Leap Into the Void, and Don Draper's silhouette in the opening credits of Mad Men, landing in a pool of limpid blue water, where they swim. 1UP riffs on old arcade video games, with little Jeffus scrambling up ladders and jumping over precipices. Pac-Man's plight - and by implication, Warmouth's and our own - is life as an endless round of pursuit, consumption, peril, and destruction. He sets up an equally vexing dynamic in the threechannel video projection Merge. Again, several Jeffus appear. When two in the same costume show up, they jump at each other and become one. It might be a metaphor for any relationship, most poignantly an internal one. The resulting figure struggles, stretching and morphing like a reflection in a funhouse mirror, but never looks quite right.
Fitchburg Art Museum Strives To Spark Economic Growth, WGBH News, Feb 25, 2014
Nancye Tuttle, ATHM Exhibits celebrate Lowell and its textile workers, Lowell Sun, Feb 17, 2014
Sebastian Smee, The ticket: art, The Boston Globe, Feb 15, 2014
Jared Bowen, Jeffu Warmouth, Truth to Power Festival, and more, WGBH-TV, Feb 14, 2014
Lynne Hedvig, No More Funny Stuff, Worcester Magazine, Feb 13, 2014
Andrea Shea, Lofty Goals To Rebrand Fitchburg Art Museum, The ARTery, WBUR 90.9 FM, Feb 11, 2014
Cillea Houghton, FSU prof gets down to (funny) business, Sentinel & Enterprise, Feb 10, 2014
"There are a lot of ideas in play, but play itself embodies a lot of ideas," Warmouth said. "A work that isn't about humor is still playful." Tinti also attested to the depth of Warmouth's pieces. "His work is really layered; it's seriously funny," she said. "The work allows visitors to step back from their daily lives and not take their routines so seriously." Capasso echoed Tinti's sentiments: "The show is huge fun. Jeff's work is accessible, hysterical, and meaningful; they're not just jokes," he said, adding that themes explored in the various works range from consumerism to boredom.
Cillea Houghton, Fitchburg State student reflects on helping design 'Funny' exhibition at museum, Sentinel & Enterprise, Feb 10, 2014
From a behind-the-scenes blog featuring student perceptions of the experience, to a Jeffu-themed coupon book, among many others, we collectively put our heart and souls into the project to help connect Warmouth's work to the audience. From the perspective of a student involved with this comprehensive project, I can attest to how unique it is. This collaboration is the first of its kind between the two institutions and resulted in a highly positive outcome.
'No More Funny Stuff' art show opens Feb. 9 in Fitchburg, Worcester Telegram, Feb 6, 2014
"The Jeffu Warmouth exhibition is the first major step toward developing an integral relationship between the Fitchburg Art Museum and Fitchburg State University," said FAM Director Nicholas Capasso. "Our mutual desire is to have FAM become the de facto art museum for Fitchburg State, so that we can both better serve the audience, the students, and the community."
Fitchburg State, Fitchburg Art Museum collaborate on Jeffu Warmouth exhibit, Fitchburg State University News, Feb 4, 2014
Go & See: Tuesday 4 - Monday 10 February, Big Red & Shiny, Feb 17, 2014
Sebastian Smee, Critic's pick: Visual art, Boston Globe, Feb 1, 2014
Kristy Stevenson, A new precedent at FSU, The Point at Fitchburg State, Jan 30, 2014
Kathryn Roy, Favorite Places: Fitchburg Art Museum, MassLive / The Republican, Jan 9, 2014
Mark Lynch, Fitchburg Art Musem - Jeffu Warmouth: No More Funny Stuff, Inquiry, WICN 90.5 FM, Jan 8, 2014
Fitchburg Art Museum Presents, Facebook Page
A Look Behind the Scenes of 'NO MORE FUNNY STUFF', blog, Jan - June 2014
Jon Krasner, Motion Graphic Design: Applied History and Aesthetics
Cate McQuaid, Fresh paint, fresh ideas at Fitchburg Art Museum, The Boston Globe, Oct 19, 2013
Next up: a solo show for performance and video artist Jeffu Warmouth, a professor at Fitchburg State University. Tinti calls him "Fitchburg's most famous contemporary artist." His work rides on humor that can be snarky and sweet; it's more provocative than a still life. "We're trying to blow the dust out, and Jeffu will be a big help," Tinti says.
P J Carmichael, 'No more funny stuff!', The Point at Fitchburg State, Nov 9, 2013
Cate McQuaid, At the Quarry, catemcquaid.com, Sep 10, 2013
Cate McQuaid, At the Quarry, a groundbreaking festival, The Boston Globe, Sep 5, 2013
Jeffu Warmouth and Ellen Wetmore will screen their comic performance videos in the Red Box gallery throughout the festival. They also intend to perform. "I'm building a live performance in 'trialogue' with two video instances of myself," Warmouth says. Wetmore, who is his wife, will perform on a swing.
Cate McQuaid, What's Up at Boston-area Art Galleries?, The Boston Globe, March 20, 2013
Jeffu Warmouth's funny, existential 1UP pays homage to old arcade games, but here the protagonist is a man, not a Pacman, desperately scrambling through endless tests.
Ira Cantor, Pax East Goes for Big Game, The Boston Herald, March 17, 2013
Jeffu Warmouth's "1UP" shows a self-inspired character "moving through a shifting set of game environments drawn from the Golden Age of arcade games." Warmouth spent about 100 hours creating his video, which recalls scenes from the classic 8-bit games "Donkey Kong," "Joust" and "Dig Dug." "I've done a lot of work about pop culture, and I've always been interested in venues that are not white gallery space," said Warmouth, who has made two previous videos for the BCEC marquee. "There's something great about the marquee being in the public space where people are not expecting art. Definitely, it's expanded my audience."
Margaret Weigel, COLLISION18 - The Expanding Range of Cyberarts, The Arts Fuse, Nov 17, 2012
Jared Bowen, Public Display of Reflection, WGBH-TV, Aug 1, 2012
Cate McQuaid, 'Art on the Marquee' inspires and challenges, The Boston Globe, March 22, 2012
There are seven videos in all, and three sport jumping or falling motifs, no doubt inspired by the 80-foot-tall screens. Of these, Jeffu Warmouth's "Fall" is the most poetic. Warmouth fills the vertical screens with blue skies and puffball clouds. Men fall through the sky, unnervingly conjuring Sept. 11, although they move more slowly than they would in real life. Warmouth has made the horizontal screen below into a swimming pool, also very blue. The men end up paddling around underwater, from one side of the marquee to the next. It's a sweet, reassuring ending.
Cate McQuaid, Screen dream, or nightmare, CateMcQuaid.com, March 22, 2012
Jeffu Warmouth's "Fall", is one of the best, especially in its witty use of the awkward configuration of the marquee. Men drop through the sky on the vertical screen, a little slower than they would in real life, and when they hit the horizontal screen, they're landing in a deep pool of water. They start swimming.
Mary M. Tinti, Art on the Marquee, Dress for Sports, March 9, 2012
Earlier this evening, I encountered the most smile-inducing surprise on my drive home from work... It's a wonderful project entitled "Fall" by Jeffu Warmouth, and a fun and fanciful use of the juxtaposing vertical and horizontal screens that comprise the marquee. I found out later that the figures are actually portraits of the artist who free-fall through a cloud-dotted sky (on the marquee's y axis) only to change their trajectory and swim around the sign (once they hit the x axis). At the end of a long day, at the end of a long week, this digital short could not have been more refreshing. For me, it was a signal that the weekend was here and I could let all the millions of tasks on my piles of lists fall away just like the man on that screen, and prepare to be reinvigorated by whatever I chose to dive into over the next 48 hours.
Bill Shaner, Phantasma: Art on the Marquee, Dig Boston, Feb 27, 2012
Lisa DeCanio, Boston's Latest Public Art Display Can Be Spotted From a Half Mile Away, BostInno.com, Feb 23, 2012
Matthew Reed Baker, Want to Tour Boston's Biggest Art Gallery?, Boston Magazine, Feb 17, 2012
Max Eternity, Art on the Marquee debuts in Boston, Art Digital Magazine, Feb 15, 2012
Marie Szaniszlo, Convention center marquee to showcase local artists, Boston Herald, Feb 13, 2012
Thomas Grillo, Convention center launches marquee art, Boston Business Journal, Feb 13, 2012
ASPECT: The Chronicle of New Media Art, Volume 17: Hi-Tech, DVD
Greg Cook, "Balancing act: tech and art," The Providence Phoenix, Sep 27, 2011
Michael J. Fressola, "The Art Market," Staten Island Advance, Sep 18, 2011
Warmouth is well aware that humor and fine art are a risky combination. He's given the matter some thought. "Yes there is the risk that people will not take the work seriously," he says. "On the other hand, it is precisely the fact that people do not take humor seriously, do not regard humor as capable of addressing serious issues or of having the same merits as work dealing with more canonical art issues (composition, formalist issues, beauty, etc.) that is its strength.
"Humor," he added, "allows subversion, allows things to fly under the radar, allows critique of institutions, social identity, philosophy and practices that often cannot be effectively criticized directly. I would say that other forms of humor do the same, from MAD to Louis CK."
Elena Hart-Cohen, "Art Inspired from the Ordinary," Staten Island Arts Examiner, Sep 18, 2011
Tim Smith, "Current Space's art market — literally," The Baltimore Sun, Aug 4, 2011
One shelf is loaded with standard-sized vegetable cans by Massachusetts artist Jeffu Warmouth. The colorfully detailed labels on this line of $9.99 products promises some decidedly off-the-beaten-path taste sensations: "Bartlett Ears," "Pure Drained Self-Esteem," "Rolled Eyeballs," and "Forked Tongue." There's even a can marked "Hair," which ought to be a big seller.
KAUNAS PHOTO 09, exhibition catalogue, Kaunas, Lithuania
Robert Hirsch, Exploring Color Photography: From Film to Pixels
John Michael Kohler Arts Center Newsletter, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sep/Oct 2010
Walk through Jeffu Warmouth's "self-portrait" manifested as a row of canned goods in SuperJeffuMarket. These and other artists push the envelope of humor through irreverent works or employ timeless comedic devices such as political satire, physical comedy, and wordplay.
Nancy E. Tuttle, "Young Talent is Already In Bloom," Lowell Sun, Feb 25, 2010
Paula Owen, Creativity of FSC Faculty Showcased, Worcester Telegram, Dec 24, 2009
JeffuBurger was originally shown in April at the Boston Cyberarts Festival and was also displayed this year at a show at the Art Institute of Boston. "In our super-modern culture, we're plugged in constantly," said Mr. Warmouth. "Fast-food workers punch your order on a menu screen, and you don't have to interact with them anymore. The way beef is grown to become a hamburger would not be possible without 21st-century technology."
Soterios Johnson and Carolina Miranda, "Can Bravo Pick the Next Top Artist?," WNYC-FM, July 20, 2009
Sebastian Smee, "In cyberarts, technology overrides emotion", Boston Globe, May 1, 2009
Greg Cook, Boston Cyberarts Festival, New England Journal for Aesthetic Research, April 30, 2009
Greg Cook, "Our digital landscape," Boston Phoenix, April 28, 2009
James Nadeau, "Observations on the Boston Cyberarts Festival," Big Red and Shiny #105, April 27, 2009
M C Elish, "Interview with Jeffu Warmouth," Boston Cyberarts Blog, April 27, 2009
Cate McQuaid, "A Vegas-style staging of the scripture", Boston Globe, April 22, 2009
Puns, parodies, and jokes have always been Jeffu Warmouth's mainstay. Warmouth's interactive video installation brings the viewer into the middle of a fast-food war between "Jeffu Burger" and "JFC." Life-size videos of Warmouth in uniform, ready to serve up the shakes and fries, stand at the ready as the viewer uses a touch screen to order. One or the other will prepare the meal, as his adversary complains. The food is crazy - one server dons onion-ring chain mail to protect himself from the slings and arrows of his business - but usually there's sly social commentary at work. It's a whopper of an installation.
Darren Garnick, "The Cold War through the eyes of a potato?," Boston Herald blogs, March 19, 2008
DeCordova Annual Exhibition, DeCordova Museum, exhibition catalogue
Jeffu is an art-world trickster and comedian who runs riot with visual and verbal puns in an astounding array of media. He has worked with photography, video, installations, book art, performance art, sculpture, and digital media -- whatever he can lay his hands on to satirize art and culture. His recent project/products have included, but are by no means limited to, a televised Wild West reality/game show which pitted artists against each other in questionable contests of skill, knowledge, and creativity (Art Show Down); a supermarket which featured his branded and canned body parts (SuperJEFFUMarket); video spoofs of sci-fi and martial arts movies played out by fruits and vegetables(Day of the Cabbage, among others); and live full-costume Japanese monster wrestling events (Kaiju Big Battel). His latest extravaganza, SPUDNIK, is based entirely on a stupid pun. With video, dioramas, sculpture, and photographs, Jeffu simultaneously pokes fun at the political history of the space program, American cuisine, consumer culture, and -- of course -- the pomposity of museum displays.
Trainscape: Installation Art for Model Railroads, DeCordova Museum, exhibition catalogue
Milva DiDomizio, All aboard to lands of whimsy, Boston Globe, Dec 27, 2007
Ellen Wetmore and Jeff Warmouth's contribution, "Land O' Lactation," was created in response to the recent birth of their son. "It looks kind of like a national park," said Kate Dempsey, one of the curators, "but the tops of the mountains are nipples."Andrea Shea, "Holy Caped Creators," Morning Edition, WBUR-FM National Public Radio, Nov 1, 2007
Matthew Reed Baker, "Caped Creators," Boston Magazine, September 2007
Chris Bergeron, "Fantasies on Track," The Daily News Tribune, Sep 24, 2007
Greg Cook, "Locomotion Commotion: Trains at the DeCordova," Boston Phoenix, Sep 18, 2007
Ben Aaronson, "Trainscape: Art in Locomotion," Lincoln Journal, Sep 18, 2007
Cate McQuaid, "Keeping Track of Trainscape Proves Challenging," Boston Globe, Sep 15, 2007
Randi Hopkins, "People Get Ready: 'Trainscape' at DeCordova," Boston Phoenix, Aug 22, 2007
Anne Krinsky, The 2007 DeCordova Annual Exhibition, Art New England, Aug/Sep 2007
Jeffu Warmouth's multimedia spoof, Spudnik, which takes a pun to extreme lengths by documenting space exploration by potatoes, is appropriately silly.
Karen Mann, "Food for Art's Sake," Fitchburg Pride and Contact Magazine, Aug 3, 2007
Linda Laban, "Meet Me at the Museum," Boston Globe, July 19, 2007
Who would want to miss Fitchburg-based artist Jeff Warmouth's innovative "Spudnik" installation? Warmouth utilizes potatoes and tinfoil to present potatonauts in space.
"Spudnik Lands at DeCordova," Lincoln Journal, June 13, 2007
Charles Guiliano, "The 2007 DeCordova Annual Exhibition," Berkshire Fine Arts, May 19, 2007
Ken Johnson, "Punch, potato scientists, and 'Sodmonsters' at DeCordova," Boston Globe, May 18, 2007
The prize for the funniest artist definitely should go to Jeffu Warmouth for his sculptures, digital photographs, and video documenting an outer space exploration program called "Spudnik" developed by a race of anthropomorphic potatoes. The deadpan video describing how potato scientists learned to harness intestinal gases as a means to propel "potatonauts" on rockets to other planets is hilarious, and models of vehicles for extraterrestrial travel made from pots, pans, utensils, aluminum foil, and other kinds of kitchenware are quite clever. Warmouth would have to push his ideas to greater extremes to achieve artistic profundity, but what he has done so far is undeniably entertaining.
Greg Cook, "Local Color: The 2007 DeCordova Annual Exhibition," Boston Phoenix, May 8, 2007
MicroCineFest Baltimore, MD, film festival catalogue
ART SHOW DOWN, Microcinema International, DVD
Cate McQuaid, "For them, a marriage of art and humor," Boston Globe, Oct 6, 2006
Jeffu Warmouth is easygoing and thoughtful, but his mustache waxed and curled at either end hints at his showmanship. He's a prankster artist, who looks to the Marx Brothers as inspiration. The summer group show at Green Street Gallery featured Warmouth's film "Day of the Cabbage," a pun-filled B-movie takeoff about a giant cabbage hurtling toward Earth.
Mike Rubin, "Art Interactive," Middlesex Beat, Oct 2006
The exhibit aims to critique the game show era by exploring the nature of televised competition and how it interfaces with commercial interests and pop culture as well as the production of contemporary art.
Big Red News Editor, "Art Showdown," Big Red & Shiny #48, Sep 17, 2006
Sean L. McCarthy, "Artists keep eyes on prize," Boston Herald, Sep 16, 2006
Irene De Vette, "Game Show Culture," Boston Phoenix, Sep 15, 2006
Ben Sloat, Astronauts, Monsters and Silicon Flowers @ Green Street, Big Red & Shiny #47, Aug 30, 2006
Jeffu Warmouth, he of the familiar Rollie Fingers moustache, presents a hilarious video with vegetable characters, Day of the Cabbage. Sort of a Godzilla meets 50s B movie Sci-Fi meets Veggie Tales (the surreal Christian children's vegetable puppet show), Warmouth fills his Cabbage film with delicious little details (like Mr. Butternut) and subtle clues that warrant multiple viewings of his ten minute piece. Added to the HD quality and smooth animations of the video itself are the three dimensional effects of its presentation. Housed in a matzoh covered monitor and surrounded by characters from Day of the Cabbage, the video is far more experiential than the norm. Besides admiring the fabrication of the actual props and its production value, you can verbally admonish the cabbage character in person after particularly gruesome scenes! One other note is that the unexpected rumbling of the Orange Line below adds enormously to the physical experience of the video, analogous to the vibrating Playstation control, writ large.
Ray Hainer, Vegetables rampage in the name of art, Boston's Weekly Dig, Aug 23, 2006
Judging from the enthusiastic responses he's received at underground film festivals and art galleries alike, his films' bizarre take on pop culture is incredibly accessible. The unsubtle humor speaks for itself, but it has a serious objective as well. Warmouth is dismayed by the bias against comedy in the art world. Embracing levity was a liberating experience for him--and he hopes that gallery audiences (perhaps too long accustomed to feeling a sort of refined confusion when viewing art) will find his work similarly refreshing.
Cate McQuaid, Astronauts, Monsters and Silicon Flowers, Boston Globe, Aug 17, 2006
Warmouth riffs on B-movies with his overly pun-filled video installation, Day of the Cabbage, which looks like satire you might see in a Muppet Show sketch.
Colin Owens, "ArtFilmDesign #6: Jeffu," ArtFilmTalk.com, Nov 8, 2005
Leann Leake, "15 artists exhibit in the Hampden Gallery," Massachusetts Daily Collegian, Sep 21, 2005
Big Red, "Art Show Down," Big Red & Shiny #26, Sep 4, 2005
Matthew Nash, A Conversation with Jeffu Warmouth, Big Red & Shiny #22, May 15, 2005
How do we feed our brains over time? I constantly delve into new things and try to apply the comic lens. My humor stems from a worldview: I see culture, identity, institutions of philosophy, art, science (you know, the little stuff) as absurd human creations to be subverted. Then again, on some days I just want to come up with stupid puns and make myself laugh.
Art Simas, Couple transforms food items into crazy artwork, Telegram & Gazette, Nov 17, 2004
"Today we don't eat stuff directly out of the ground. We go to a supermarket. So I do a twist and a transformation on that. It starts with a self-portrait and splits out to consumer products, with cans labeled as macaronied elbows and raisin brain," says Warmouth. "What happens if I take it so far that I'm eating so many consumer products that I sort of become a product myself? It's social comic commentary but not heavy handed on how our identities are created." At the show, Mr. Warmouth will sell individual cans ($10), "so you can take home the artwork in bits and pieces."
Jim Sullivan & Christopher Muther, "Silly but serious", Boston Globe, July 29, 2004
Neo-hippies nostalgic for the Yippies, those acid-eating, fun- loving folks who ran Pigasus the Pig for president back in 1968, might want to check out the creation by Ravi Jain, Natalie Loveless, Jeff Warmouth, Andrew M.K. Warren, and Douglas R. Weathersby at Cambridge gallery Art Interactive. The project is called "Participatory Democracy," and the artists have created four candidates: the Bearded Lady, Two-Headed Ed, the Contortionist, and the Great Incumbo. These characters are running for some vague, unnamed office, and you can go to the gallery and cast your vote for them. You do this via Skee-ball machine, dart shooting, a computer touch screen, or a paper ballot that's too big to fit in the slot and is discounted if you fold it. A Hobson's choice, indeed. A little cynical are we?
Holland Cotter, Hometown of Utopia and Dissent, New York Times, Jul 23, 2004
The political nature of "Participatory Democracy", at an alternative space called Art Interactive in Cambridge, isn't evasive at all. Organized by curator George Fifield and timed to coincide with the convention, it presents the election process as a farce and a crapshoot. The show is set up as a carnivalesque polling station. Candidates on the ballot include Two-Headed Ed, who sees both sides of any argument; ''The Contortionist,'' who can wrap himself around any issue; and ''The Great Incumbo.'' Visitors cast votes by dart-throwing and ball-tossing, under the supervision of the artists who collaborated on the show, among them Ravi Jain, Natalie Loveless, Jeff Warmouth, Andrew M. K. Warren and Douglas R. Weathersby. Whatever the voting method, The Great Incumbo, represented by the image of a huge grasping hand, is overwhelmingly favored.
Christopher Millis, "E Pluribus Museum: The Politics of Art," Boston Phoenix, Jul 15, 2004
Bill Marx, Entertaining the DNC, WBUR Online Arts, WBUR-FM, Jul 8, 2004
Political art can make its point by lampooning all things political. Art Interactive in Cambridge, MA is presenting an interactive exhibition called "Participatory Democracy." The work of five local artists, the installation treats the process of voting, from marking a ballot to media exit polls, as a form of circus entertainment. A canned video presentation instructs voters on what they are going to experience, which includes tossing darts at paper ballots hung on the wall, taking part in surreal exit polls, and voting by Skee-Ball game. Candidates include the bearded lady, the contortionist, two-headed Ed, and the Great Incombo.
Mary Jo Palumbo, "Electoral collage," Boston Herald, May 15, and Cambridge Chronicle, May 27, 2004
The candidates are shady, and the polling methods questionable. In fact, the whole voting process is downright absurd. A roll of the Skee-Ball registers a vote, as does a throw of the dart, which punches through a paper ballot. "The whole game of participating in the democratic process is very carnivalesque," said Fitchburg artist Jeff Warmouth, who created the Skee-Ball game. "We're manipulated by signage and propaganda. Sometimes the electoral process can look like a freak show."
25 Hrs, Barcelona, Spain, exhibition catalogue
Plastic Fantastic, Chicago Art Institute, exhibition catalogue
Boom Box: The Art of Sound, Mills Gallery, Audio CD of exhibition
Toni Baca, "Art Gallery opens art show Contemporary Genre," Impact, Nov 21, 2003
Randi Hopkins, "(Way) out of Asia," Boston Phoenix, Aug 15, 2003
Cate McQuaid, "Mills Gallery is alive with ambitious sounds of 'Boom Box,'" Boston Globe, Feb 16, 2003
Josh B. Wardrop, "An aural report on 'Boom Box'," Cambridge Tab, Jan 31, 2003
Aiden Fitzgerald, "Mills' 'Boom Box' creates a buzz," Boston Herald, Jan 23, 2003
Carlene Hempel, "His Collaborative Curating Makes for Sound Art", Boston Globe, Jan 17, 2003
Jeffu Warmouth's Sinkrophonium is a stainless-steel sink flanked by copper pipes and aluminum light fixtures. With a quick blow into an attached clear tube, it creates a medley that sounds like Louis Armstrong playing a horn inside his bathtub.
The 17th Drawing Show, Mills Gallery, exhibition catalogue
Andy Levine, "Faculty showcases skills in 'New Work,'" The Point, Oct 5, 2002
Craig S. Semon, 'New Work' on exhibit at college, Montachusett Sentinel, Sep 29, 2002
For SuperJEFFUMarket, Jeffu Warmouth created 25 feet of supermarket shelving, completely stocked with every characteristic, eccentricity, flaw and quirk of his physique and psyche, all labeled and neatly stacked and ready for public consumption. "What I wanted to construct is a self-portrait in the form of a full supermarket, filled with myself devolved into packaged consumer goods," Mr. Warmouth explained.
Jessica Rosen, "Monster Wrestling: Kaiju Big Battel," Free Williamsburg issue #27, June 2002
Scott Speh, "Hot Commodities 12," Hot Commodities #12, Feb 14, 2002
Jeff Warmouth's recipe box Recipe/Experiments contained dozens of 3x5 cards that he mailed to himself and others containing either art or sandwich ideas. I like art and sandwiches!
Lighten Up: Art with a Sense of Humor, DeCordova Museum, exhibition catalogue
Cate McQuaid, 'Lighten Up' makes art funny business, Boston Globe, Apr 14, 2001
Many of the artists take off from popular culture, including (nod to Warhol) mass marketing. Jeffu Warmouth's "Super Jeffumarket" is boxes and supermarket shelves full of cans presumably filled with the artist's own tasty personal byproducts: "canned lungs," "raw nerves," and "drained self-esteem." It's all in the packaging, we're told, and in packaging himself, Warmouth somehow sadly reinvigorates his self- esteem.
Rich Ceisler, Local Comic's Advice to Artists at Decordova, Boston Globe, Apr 14, 2001
"I enjoyed Jeffu Warmouth's collection of tin cans with creative labels such as 'Forked Tongue,' 'Peeled Toes,' and 'Crushed Resolve.' Obviously to be enjoyed with a fine Chianti and fava beans.
Leon Nigrosh, "Laugh at them: Funny art at the DeCordova," Worcester Phoenix, Mar 16, 2001
Mark Lynch, interview, "Inquiry," WICN-FM Radio, Worcester, MA, Mar 5, 2001
Mary Sherman, DeCordova gains wit with show, Boston Herald, Feb 4, 2001
Canned goods provide a visual pun in Jeffu Warmouth's elbow macaroni label, which sports human elbows instead of pasta. "Rather than be reconstituted by these products that I ingest and invest in," Warmouth says, "I want to put a little bit of me in every can."
Robin Vaughan, "Humor is art form," Boston Herald, February 9, 2001
Oren Bendavid-Val, interview, "All Things Considered," WBUR-FM Radio, Boston, 2001
Take My Art, Please!, Museums Boston, Spring 2001 volume 5, number 1
Familiar faces--like those in William Wegman's signature weimeraner portraits--appear alongside playful visual gags like Jeffu Warmouth's Bagel Belly (1999), a photo series of a portly stomach being smeared with cream cheese and lox.
Distinguishing/Distinguished Jewish, Starr Gallery, exhibition catalogue
From Harpo and Groucho to Weegee and Woody, Jewish humor as an American pop cultural discourse has been the most formative element in shaping Warmouth's aesthetic and his identity. Thus, Warmouth raises the question of distinguishing Jewish in his own person as a non-Jew who has absorbed the Jewish comedic sensibility to the point where he is constructed Jewish. In this installation, Warmouth puts on his chef's hat as his skull cap and he demonstrates that he is well versed in the ancient Talmudic art of pilpul (peppering), and of mixing and cutting things up. The project is in a sense an extension of other explorations of ethinic cuisines such as his Kung Fu Kitchen. Some of the recipes like the Levi-tating Aero-Cheese Burger draw upon the impossibilities of conceptual and Fluxus humor. In reading some of Warmouth's recipes, it is as if someone had allowed George Maciunas and Yoko Ono to become the guest editors of an issue of Kashrus Magazine. -- Louis Kaplan, curator
Kevin Talbot, "Live Monster Wrestling!" Weekly Dig, May 10-17, 2000
"Al Cinema Su Internet," MediaMente, www.mediamente.it, Mar 24, 2000
Christopher Mills, Art, Jews, and the Holocaust, Boston Phoenix, Jan 28, 2000
Jeff Warmouth's hilarious posters, send-ups of kosher recipes, are undercut by a relentless, slapstick video.
Christine Temin, 'Witness' gives varied visions of Holocaust, Boston Globe, Jan 26, 2000
Jeff Warmouth is the jokester of the show, the gross-out guy. Among his Catskill-worthy Strictly Kosher Style: Recipes Spiced With Jewish Humor are lurid color close-ups of him grabbing a round portion of his ample belly, right around the navel, turning it into a bagel onto which he slathers cream cheese and lox. As well as poking fun at Jewish dietary laws, Warmouth questions rules that don't always seem to make sense, even to some Jews.
The Apartment Show, Zach Feuer's Apartment, Boston, MA (catalogue on CD-ROM)
Christine Temin, "Fun House," Boston Globe, Apr 1, 1999
T.J. Medrek, "Stellar Dweller," Boston Herald, Sunday, Mar 21, 1999
Museum School News, cover image, Spring 1998
David Wildman, New gallery is for the up and coming, Boston Globe, Jan 25, 1998
Warmouth brought his wacky sense of humor to the gallery with a collection of devices that perform futile tasks, such as can openers that, when an observer steps on a switch, power forks and spoons that spin around nonsensically in frying pans filled with wing nuts and eyeballs with screws in them. "I'm influenced by absurdist comedy and entertainment," says Warmouth. "Every piece I do has an element of joke telling or subversion."
Consum(e)ation: Food, Fetish, and Fantasy, Tufts University Gallery, exhibition catalogue
David Wildman, "More frightening than the cookie monster?," Boston Globe, Jun 8, 1997
Cate McQuaid, There's no place like home... Boston Globe, Mar 29, 1997
The kitchen, put together by Jeff Warmouth and Michael Dwyer, attempts to cover too many ideas and comes out like a Dagwood sandwich that you can't get your mouth around.
Mary Sherman, At Mills Gallery, home is where the art is, Boston Herald, Mar 16, 1997
A lot of humor runs through this rambling house, but it is Michael Dwyer and Jeff Warmouth's kitchen that offers the largest dose of it. Standing to one side is a table shaped like a slice of bread. Then there is a giant spoon and fork poised to dig into a mound of dirt littered with seed packages, and best of all, a number of wacko videos that parody food shows. In one, a chef sputters out imaginary ingredients with the same authority those TV chefs do, imagining that we all have a ready familiarity with the variety of obscure spices they often cite.
Deb Shapiro, When (home) life becomes artistic metaphor, The Tab, Feb 25, 1997
Other rooms include a kitchen where Michael Dwyer and Jeff Warmouth "feed each other morsels of humor and philosophy" via their on-line counters.
Reading the Image, Tufts Journal, May 1995
Frederick Kalil, "Expect 'The Unexpected,'" Tufts Journal, vol. 16, no. 5, 1995
International Art Exhibition of Student Works, Nagoya University of Arts, exhibition catalogue, 1994
John Carlos Cantu, Post-modern classics from Warmouth, Ann Arbor News, Aug 25, 1994
Warmouth's photography uses a variety of formal tricks to submerge the sense of aesthetic space through a clever juxtaposition of multiple perspectives. Through the use of screens, overlapping slides and filters - while rigorously avoiding electronic manipulation or multiple exposures - Warmouth creates otherworldy images that betray as much a literary inspiration as they do a visual interpretation. Warmouth has crafted a seamless whole from photographic projection, photographic compression, and photographic space. This juxtaposition of elements has created in turn a subdued and dramatic cross-narrative epiphany in shades of blood.
Marsha Miro, Art for the Holidays, Detroit Free Press, Dec 7, 1993
Jeffrey Warmouth's color photographs shift scales and mix worlds.