Monday, November 10, 2014

The Paradise Circus, Los Angeles 2015 – follow the progress

On January 14th I'll present my first ever, three-dimensional installation at the LA Art Show. My particular style of jewelry-inspired 2-D compositions will clad all the sides of a 16' tall, sheet metal and canvas structure that I've designed. The project is titled The Paradise Circus, Los Angeles 2015.

Paradise Circus structure sketch
The Circus, as I proposed it last summer, is a physical and conceptual mash-up of confession booth, cathedral steeple and big top tent. 

The exterior of the structure will be covered with circus posters announcing religious-themed acts, presenting canonical mythology as entertainment spectacle. It's a lighthearted lampoon of traditional orthodoxies and a comparison of doctrinal storytelling with carnival merriment.

The interior of The Circus will be darker, featuring symbols, characters and runes of unknown origin in a foreboding environment. A large, imposing face greets you at the entrance (could that be St. Peter, Ridwan, Uriel or Charon?) and a traditional church kneeler invites you to make obeisance and push open the slider to reveal...a small glimpse of Paradise.

It is said that the role of the artist is to reveal unseen truths. I am creating this work, and all the work in this ongoing series, because I often wonder about what lies beyond this mortal life. I question the veracity of those who claim to know, and challenge the authority of monolithic institutions that spin stories and perpetuate myths for purposes of social control and political gain.

Follow along with me and the team for the next 62 days by bookmarking this blog or following us on Facebook as we produce this project right up to opening night. And please join us at the Los Angeles Convention Center January 14-18 to see and experience the completed Circus.

jtb

X-ray view of structure with kneeler and Paradise cyclorama
Completed interior Panel detail

Booth entrance sketch with kneeler

Completed exterior side panel poster