Carnival Performance in Park across from Gallery 5:30p
features a series of paintings and bronzes inspired by the closure of Detroit’s “Theatre Bizarre,” by artist/founder, John Dunivant. Dunivant has achieved notoriety throughout the city of Detroit, and internationally, as the mastermind behind Theatre Bizarre. Self-funded and built by dozens of artists over the course of months the Theatre Bizarre would take place for one night each year and featured massive carnival rides, pyrotechnics, elaborate lighting rigs, and Coney Island-esque performers. Theatre Bizarre operated for ten years before its discovery and subsequent closure by Detroit city authorities in 2010. Facing an existential crisis, Dunivant chose to embrace the turmoil of the situation, with the resulting works on view in The Expatriate Parade serving as a celebration of his “exile”.
“Yarmosky investigates the relationship between youth and old age in his work, staging surreal scenes with elderly protagonists where a sense of childhood nostalgia permeates each image. Yarmosky’s paintings are photorealistic, but he also makes room for a more expressive approach, alternating between sharply focused and blurred elements rendered with loose brushstrokes. For his upcoming solo show, “Dream of the Soft Look” at Bertrand Delacroix Gallery in New York, Yarmosky went in a more cinematic direction than in his previous work — whether deliberate or not, hints of film noir and David Lynch-ian strangeness can be discerned.” – HI FRUCTOSE