Images from CIRCUS


Gallery Exterior
Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, MI

Installation views
CIRCUS Exhibition

The Surly Circus
hand-stitched book by Melissa Avery

Surly Circus
hand-stitched book byMelissa Avery

The Ticket Salesman
watercolor & gouache by Melissa Avery

Equine Acrobat
watercolor & gouache by Melissa Avery

The Cross Dresser
watercolor & gouache by Melissa Avery

The Contortionist
watercolor & gouache by Melissa Avery

Conjoined Twins
watercolor & gouache by Melissa Avery

The Clown
watercolor & gouache by Melissa Avery

The Aquatic Lifeguard
watercolor & gouache by Melissa Avery

Trois Cirques: Circus Cannon/Sky Swinging/ A Striped Moon
Mixed Media/sculpture by Tom Bohnert

I Wanna Be The Queen Bee
graphite drawing by Sara DiDonato

Installation View
Collages by Robert Sites

Strongman
Collage by Robert Sites

Hobby Horse
Collage by Robert Sites

Clown With Midget
Collage by Robert Sites

Cerberus
Collage by Robert Sites

Lion Cage
Collage by Robert Sites

Harem Girl
Collage by Robert Sites

Trois Cirque: Levitating/Bird/Performance
Mixed Media Drawing by Tom Bohnert

Colorful Balloons and Bright Confetti
Acrylic on canvas by Seamus Liam O'Brien

Peek
Color Pencil & Gouache by Sara DiDonato

The Sideshow Of The Absurd
wood-burned kitchen cutting Boards Installation by Pamela Joseph

The Death of Jumbo and Little Clown Elephant Tom Thumb
Lithograph by Sue Coe

Satori
photograph by Spilt Sugar

The Weird Sister
photograph by Spilt Sugar

The Poi Spinner
photograph by Spilt Sugar

The Stilt Artists
photograph by Spilt Sugar

Rose Box
photograph by Spilt Sugar

Here It Comes Hippity Hoppity!!
acrylic on canvas by Seamus Liam O'Brien

Str8jacket Escape
fabric, wool and steel sculpture by Erin Garber-Pearson

Harlequin Drawing
Pencil, Pen & Collage by Brett Day Windham

She Packed Her Trunk and Said Goodbye to the Circus
colored woodcut by Sue Coe

Recollection
etching and engraving by Dellas Henke

The Shape Mime
photograph by Spilt Sugar

What do YOU do?
electronic kinetic sculpture by Tom Linder

Titano the Strongman
photo sculpture by Seder Burns

Noise on The Outside
video by Timothy Gaewsky

Man Without a Face
digital mixed media by John Dinser

The Illustrated Man
digital mixed media by John Dinser

Snake Show
silkscreen and ink by Jamiyla Lowe

Girl Alive
giclee print by Lou Krueger

Squirrel Man and Girl Alive
giclee prints by Lou Krueger

Trick Scarf
digital print on silk chiffon by Rachel Beckman

Juggler's Scarves
digital prints on silk chiffon by Rachel Beckman

Skipping Bear
silkscreen and ink by Jamiyla Lowe

Human Torch
acrylic painting by John Dinser

Push and Pull It I
photograph by Herring & Herring

Push and Pull It II
photograph by Herring & Herring

Push and Pull It III
photograph by Herring & Herring

Numero en Noir
photograph by Silvia b.

Noir de Nocturne
photograph by Silvia b.

Feats of Strength
Gouache and Pencil drawing by Joe Levickas

Six Dead Clowns
ink drawings by Ryan Standfest

Animalia: Stories of Collapse, Calamity and Departure
drawings by C. Ryder Cooley

Animalia Animation
video by C. Ryder Cooley

Trois Cirques: Sky Walking/ Moon Beam/ Jester
mixed media/sculpture by Thom Bohnert

Spider Girl Lets Her Hair Down
graphite drawing by Sara DiDonato

Confection No. 1
graphite and pastel drawing by Heidi Jensen
CURATORIAL STATEMENT:

CIRCUS: According to our folklore, it began with running away. The ill-suited participant in mainstream society ran off to become part of something less rigid, less strict, and less “normal.” Through the circus, they participated in a dream life, where they were no less welcomed than anyone else, and where things were possible that elsewhere would not be. This version of the circus serves as an analogy for living a dream instead of living a practical stable life.

But the truth about the circus, especially in the present-day, is more complex. Nowadays, circus professionals are often highly-trained performers who enrolled at specials schools to learn and hone their craft. Professional circus shows, from Barnum & Bailey to Ringling Brothers to Cirque du Soleil, are comprised of hard-working, talented performers who in many cases have gotten to their current position only after years of dedicated study and practice.

Meanwhile, variations on what we know of as the Circus have begun to emerge more prominently in do-it yourself carnival groups, radical theater, physical storytelling, parades, festivals and other group celebrations. The ethos of the circus has filtered down into our psyches and remains in our minds, even as the traditional circus loses its prominence.

The power of the Circus, both historically and presently, lies in its ability to re-define and challenge our beliefs about the possible: conquering what is dangerous, doing what is thought to be physically impossible, reconstructing what is anatomically “correct”… This exhibition will explore the issues that arise in the context of circus-- spectacle, mystery, deception/ truth, physical acts of danger and athleticism, sexiness/ the grotesque, a fascination with the strange and unusual-- and investigate its history, politics and aesthetics, as well as its colors, costumes and performers.
       --Erin Garber-Pearson & Joe Levickas

REVIEWS:

Gallery Project has spectacular fun with multimedia 'Circus'
by John Carlos Cantu
AnnArbor.com


Circus at Gallery Project: Under the Big Top
by Stephanie Douglass
Ann Arbor Observer



GALLERY:

Gallery Project
ARTISTS:

Melissa Avery, Rachel Beckman, Thom Bohnert, Seder Burns, Sue Coe, C. Ryder Cooley, Sara DiDonato, John Dinser, Erin Garber-Pearson, Timothy Gaewsky, Dellas Henke, Herring & Herring, Lou Krueger, Heidi Jensen, Pamela Joseph, Joe Levickas, Jamiyla Lowe, Seamus Liam O'Brien, Tom Linder, Robert Sites, Silvia B, Spilt Sugar Photography, Ryan Standfest, and Brett Day Windham

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