The Don B. Huntley Gallery

Treasures of Fauxtopia Artifacts, Memorabilia and Souvenirs from The Most Believable Place on Earth

Treasures of Fauxtopia Artifacts, Memorabilia and Souvenirs from The Most Believable Place on Earth

Mar 17, 2022 to Sep 11, 2022

Location: Don B. Huntley University Art Gallery

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Fauxtopia, The Most Believable Place on Earth


Exhibition Preview

Fauxtopia, The Most Believable Place on Earth! 
A Theme Park

There’s a place where the stories are real.
Where you can believe that you can grow up to be anything you want.
Where your senses will gladly work overtime.
Where the world comes to you on a silver platter. 
Where history comes back to life.
Where shopping is entertainment.
Where it’s always Here and Now! 

Welcome to Fauxtopia,
The Most Believable Place on Earth.

 

"reasures of Fauxtopia Artifacts, Memorabilia and Souvenirs from The Most Believable Place on Earth" Guest Curated by Prof. Raymond Kampf at the Don B. Huntley Gallery exhibiting from Thu, Mar 17 - Sun, Sep 11March 17 - September 11

Fauxtopia, The Most Believable Place on Earth | Exhibition

Come check out the Treasures of Fauxtopia Artifacts, Memorabilia and Souvenirs from The Most Believable Place on Earth at the Don B. Huntley Gallery located on the 4th floor of University Library exhibiting from Thursday, March 17 - Sunday, September 11!


 

"reasures of Fauxtopia Artifacts, Memorabilia and Souvenirs from The Most Believable Place on Earth" Guest Curated by Prof. Raymond Kampf, Guest Curator's Reception on Fri, Apr 1, 2-4pmFriday, April 1st, 2-4pm

Fauxtopia, The Most Believable Place on Earth | Guest Curator's Reception

Join us for the Guest Curator's Reception for Treasures of Fauxtopia Artifacts, Memorabilia and Souvenirs from The Most Believable Place on Earth on Friday, April 1st, 2-4pm at the Don B. Huntley Gallery located on the 4th floor of University Library!


 

"reasures of Fauxtopia Artifacts, Memorabilia and Souvenirs from The Most Believable Place on Earth" Guest Curated by Prof. Raymond Kampf, Campus Reception on Fri, Apr 7, 4-6pmThursday, April 7th, 4-6pm

Fauxtopia, The Most Believable Place on Earth | Campus Reception

Join us for the Campus Reception for Treasures of Fauxtopia Artifacts, Memorabilia and Souvenirs from The Most Believable Place on Earth on Thursday, April 7th, 4-6pm at the Don B. Huntley Gallery located on the 4th floor of University Library!


 


Portrait of Curator Raymond KampfGuest Curator Biography

About Professor Raymond Kampf  

Raymond Kampf is firmly lodged between Duchamp and Disney, on a log flume dark ride through the subconscious of 20th century Americana. His tools are puns, surprising juxtapositions, comments on commentary. He knows the quickest way to make a point is through humor, and the sharpest jokes reveal a difficult truth.  


His work is mid-century optimism meets early 21st-century
 sarcasm. He is Mad Men meets Mad Mag. Though sarcastic, ironic, and even angry, his work is hopeful, not pessimistic. Hope points toward a solution, while pessimism rarely admits there may be one. He provokes to make the viewer think. Raymond Kampf pokes you with a stick and runs away laughing. 

In Fauxtopia, Ray reveals the sham hucksterism behind the “amusement” park, making the viewer rethink the concept of “rides” through the juxtaposition of historical events with amusement park themes, for example, Triumph of the Will Skyway or Dogma and Pony Show, with its exhortation to Taste Jesus. He imagines life and history as a horror ride, finding politics suspect while exposing the ridiculous and horrible underneath; witness The Red Scare, Jingo Juxebox Jubilee and Colonial Renaissance Re-enactment Festival Faire.  

Kampf explores and engages in the wider world. He asks us to look deeper at graphic art, and what we find there is surprising, challenging, sometimes touching. His illustrations are whimsical, funny, silly, urbane. I’m certain you will find a piece, or several, in this show that speaks directly to you. It’s possible it will be pointing at you and laughing. 

Brad Griffith 
Critic at Large 
March 2022 

 

Memorabilia/Artworks Preview

Fauxtopia memorabilia - Making Scents poster

Fauxtopia Memorabilia - Make Scents Restaurant Poster

  

Fauxtopia memorabilia - East Elevation Drawings of Story Street

Fauxtopia Memorabilia - East Elevation Drawings of Story Street 

 

Fauxtopia memorabilia - Cult of 8 artwork

Fauxtopia Memorabilia - Cult of 8 Artwork

 

Poster for The BrainWasher ride in FauxtopiaFauxtopia Memorabilia - The Brainwasher ride

 

Concept drawing for Tomorrow Belongs to the USA dark ride in FauxtopiaFauxtopia Memorabilia - Tomorrow Belongs to the USA dark ride

 Poster for the Fauxllujah Urban Combat Training Center and Escape Rooms in FauxtopiaFauxtopia Memorabilia - Fauxllujah Urban Combat Training Center and Escape Rooms

Poster for The Jingo Jukebox Jubilee show in FauxtopiaFauxtopia Memorabilia - The Jingo Jukebox Jubilee show


A kid’s placemat from the Making Scents Bistro in Fauxtopia

Fauxtopia Memorabilia - A kid’s placemat from the Making Scents Bistro

 Installation View, Entrance of Gallery, Treasures of Fauxtopia Artifacts, Memorabilia and Souvenirs from The Most Believable Place on Earth Exhibition, Mar. 17 to Sep. 11, 2022.
Installation View, Entrance of Gallery, Treasures of Fauxtopia Artifacts, Memorabilia and Souvenirs from The Most Believable Place on Earth Exhibition, Mar. 17 to Sep. 11, 2022.

Installation View, West Gallery, Treasures of Fauxtopia Artifacts, Memorabilia and Souvenirs from The Most Believable Place on Earth Exhibition, Mar. 17 to Sep. 11, 2022.
Installation View, West Gallery, Treasures of Fauxtopia Artifacts, Memorabilia and Souvenirs from The Most Believable Place on Earth Exhibition, Mar. 17 to Sep. 11, 2022.

Installation View, Center-Right Gallery, Treasures of Fauxtopia Artifacts, Memorabilia and Souvenirs from The Most Believable Place on Earth Exhibition, Mar. 17 to Sep. 11, 2022.
Installation View, Center-Right Gallery, Treasures of Fauxtopia Artifacts, Memorabilia and Souvenirs from The Most Believable Place on Earth Exhibition, Mar. 17 to Sep. 11, 2022.

Installation View, Center-Left Gallery, Treasures of Fauxtopia Artifacts, Memorabilia and Souvenirs from The Most Believable Place on Earth Exhibition, Mar. 17 to Sep. 11, 2022.
Installation View, Center-Left Gallery, Treasures of Fauxtopia Artifacts, Memorabilia and Souvenirs from The Most Believable Place on Earth Exhibition, Mar. 17 to Sep. 11, 2022.

Below are photos from the opening receptions for Fauxtopia!

Fauxtopia reception PhotoReception Photo, Treasures of Fauxtopia Artifacts, Memorabilia and Souvenirs from The Most Believable Place on Earth Exhibition, Mar. 17 to Sep. 11, 2022.

Fauxtopia reception PhotoReception Photo, Treasures of Fauxtopia Artifacts, Memorabilia and Souvenirs from The Most Believable Place on Earth Exhibition, Mar. 17 to Sep. 11, 2022.

 

Fauxtopia reception PhotoReception Photo, Treasures of Fauxtopia Artifacts, Memorabilia and Souvenirs from The Most Believable Place on Earth Exhibition, Mar. 17 to Sep. 11, 2022.

 

Fauxtopia reception PhotoReception Photo, Treasures of Fauxtopia Artifacts, Memorabilia and Souvenirs from The Most Believable Place on Earth Exhibition, Mar. 17 to Sep. 11, 2022.

 

Fauxtopia reception PhotoReception Photo, Treasures of Fauxtopia Artifacts, Memorabilia and Souvenirs from The Most Believable Place on Earth Exhibition, Mar. 17 to Sep. 11, 2022.