One can't help feeling that both contributors and selectors [led by Grayson P] have been having a good laugh creating this year's Royal Academy summer exhibition. The sherbet yellow room is a sort of satire on the traditional jumble of disparate large and small serious and comical works, with surely more of the last category than usual. With such a hodge-podge, it's really hard to see what one is looking at, and the eye swiftly tires of the juxtaposed disparity. Or quickly re-adjusts to a kind of five-second jump-cut viewing, as with videos and television.
And there are lots of objects plainly made to make one laugh out loud. Which may be one of the main functions of contemporary art - Perry's own is often in this vein.
Joana Vasconcelos' opening piece says it all, in a way - as well as being too overbearing to contain in one shot....
I did like this exhibit, made I think from flattened bottle-caps: