Announces JT Burke’s Paradise Circus
is coming to the LA Art Show
January 14 – 18, 2015
On January 14th JT Burke will present his first ever, three-dimensional installation at the LA Art Show. His particular style of jewelry-inspired 2-D compositions will clad all the sides of a 16′ tall, sheet metal and canvas structure that he’s designed. The project is titled The Paradise Circus, Los Angeles 2015.
The Circus, as JT Burke 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. He is creating this work, and all the work in this ongoing series, because he often wonders about what lies beyond this mortal life. He questions 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 JT Burke and his team for the next 62 days on the blog or on Facebook And please join us at the Los Angeles Convention Center January 14-18 to see and experience the completed Circus.
X-ray view of structure plan with kneeler and Paradise cyclorama
Completed interior steeple panel – detail
Booth interior sketch with kneeler
Completed exterior side panel poster #1 of 5
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