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Don Colley: Cascade

Jan 21 — Feb 16, 2010

Featuring work by: Don Colley

Also on view will be Cascade, a window installation by Chicago artist Donald Colley whose paintings, drawings, and prints are entrances into the bizarre. Circus clowns, sideshow acts, hobos and tramps frequent his noir portrayals, as do nightmarish creatures and darkly re- imagined cartoon characters. The artist, one part political cartoonist and one part prophet on a soapbox, is known for his cinematic references, use of kitschy materials and subjects, humor and horror.

In this heavily symbolic piece that viewers will encounter from the street, a menancing, but vulnerable clown is on the verge of going over a waterfall. References to danger, imprisonment, current politics and policies, masks and disguises, social disruption, the Freemasons, and power abound.

Born in Arizona and educated at the University of Texas, Austin, Colley spent many years in Philadephia before moving to Chicago, where he now lives and works.


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Installation view