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Performing Animals, etc

Apr 2, 2015 @ 7:00 pm

| Free
Art opening

The title of this group exhibition was taken from one of artist Diane Dwyer’s project statements:
“A large public entertainment, featuring exhibitions of pageantry, feats of skill and daring, performing animals, etc. interspersed throughout with the slapstick antics of clowns.”
… A passage that was, in turn, lifted shamelessly from Dictionary.com’s definition of “circus”. But it fits, and we’re like 75 words into this blurb now, so let’s just go with it.
The works on display from Lily Benson, Jose Joaquin Figueroa, Kathryn Marshall, and the aforementioned Ms. Dwyer brandish costumes, props, body paint, dance, color, and humor — along with tricks performed by the video medium itself — with verve and showmanship. Their plays on identity, moments of friendly deception and feigned drama, and hypnotic shifts of light and color serve to amuse and bemuse, and leave the viewer with the synesthetic saccharine sting of cotton candy on the tongue. (See, we saw that circus metaphor through to the end.)
Curated by David William. David — also known as D.Billy — is a Brooklyn-based maker of things and doer of stuff. His work has appeared in the occasional exhibition, but more frequently on the walls and in the mailboxes of friends and acquaintances. His public “site intervention” projects began on the streets of New York and ended up in the books Urban Interventions and Tangible: High-Touch Visuals from Gestalten; the book 3D Typography from Mark Batty; and on the outside of a box truck in England for KK Outlet’s “Make Art on the Street” campaign for Red Stripe Lager. In his idle time, he reads a lot of comic books and wonders if he could make it as a comedy writer or a root beer sommelier. TWITTER: @d_billy INSTAGRAM: @d_billy

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Made in NY Media Center by IFP
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Venue

Made in NY Media Center by IFP
30 John Street
Brooklyn, NY , NY 11201 United States