Gerald Matthews Museum of Un-Natural History

Comedy, Satire & Irony

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Gerry Matthews with Kiki

I have been a clown, a comic actor, and the voice of Sugar Bear. I have rowed around the toilet tank for Tidy Bowl and thrown pies at Lamb Chop. In short I’ve spent many years performing in every venue short of strip dancing to make a living without having to hold down a respectable job. My major accomplishment is a long-lasting marriage to Broadway’s own Pat Stanley which has given me the will to retire from further social intercourse.

My philosophy is heavily laced with satire and sarcasm and as a result it’s best if I keep my mouth shut in polite company. The constructions in my museum tend to reflect this critical outlook. Of course, not every visitor tumbles to my point of view. All I ask is that you approach the work with humor and some tolerance of irony.

Dadaism, Surrealism & Absurdism

Dada is the name adapted by a group of artists and writers in the early 20th century whose style and techniques exploited accidental and incongruous effects and who programmatically challenged established canons of art, thought, morality, etc.

Surrealism is a style of art and literature developed principally in the twentieth century, stressing the subconscious or nonrational significance of imagery arrived at by automatism or the exploitation of chance effects, unexpected juxtapositions, etc.

Absurdism is the philosophical and literary doctrine that human beings live in essential isolation in a meaningless and irrational world.

— Gerry Matthews