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530 West 25th Street, New York, NY  Tue - Sat, 11am - 6pm
530 West 25th Street, New York, NY  Tue - Sat, 11am - 6pm
530 West 25th Street
Tue - Sat, 11am - 6pm
Michael Dolen
Michael Dolen: The Circus Series
Agora Gallery
530 West 25th StreetNew York,NY

  • Circus Performer: Solo Performance 185V   Circus Performer: Solo Performance 185V
    Mixed Media on Paper
    36" x 48"
    Michael Dolen

  • Circus Performer with Profile 387F   Circus Performer with Profile 387F
    Mixed Media on Paper
    36" x 24"
    Michael Dolen

  • Portrait: Circus Performer 571R   Portrait: Circus Performer 571R
    Mixed Media on Paper
    48" x 36"
    Michael Dolen

  • Two Circus Figures On The Nile 313D   Two Circus Figures On The Nile 313D
    Mixed Media on Paper
    24" x 36"
    Michael Dolen

  • Three Circus Performers 452J   Three Circus Performers 452J
    Mixed Media on Paper
    36" x 24"
    Michael Dolen

  • Two Circus Figures And Friend 123A   Two Circus Figures And Friend 123A
    Mixed Media on Paper
    24" x 36"
    Michael Dolen

  • Two Circus Figures With A Fan 584G   Two Circus Figures With A Fan 584G
    Mixed Media on Paper
    36" x 24"
    Michael Dolen

  • Circus Figure: Portrait 713P   Circus Figure: Portrait 713P
    Mixed Media on Paper
    24" x 36"
    Michael Dolen

  • Two Circus Performers and a Flute Player 752M   Two Circus Performers and a Flute Player 752M
    Mixed Media on Paper
    48" x 36"
    Michael Dolen

  • Three Circus Performers 177S   Three Circus Performers 177S
    Mixed Media on Paper
    48" x 36"
    Michael Dolen

  • Two Circus Performers 143F   Two Circus Performers 143F
    Mixed Media on Paper
    48" x 36"
    Michael Dolen

  • Circus Portraits: Second Movement 874M   Circus Portraits: Second Movement 874M
    Wood-Cut & Mixed Media on Paper
    24" x 36"
    Michael Dolen

  • Circus Figures 819G   Circus Figures 819G
    Mixed Media on Paper
    24" x 36"
    Michael Dolen

  • Circus Performer: After The Show 932V   Circus Performer: After The Show 932V
    Mixed Media on Paper
    36" x 24"
    Michael Dolen

  • Circus Performer with a Cat   Circus Performer with a Cat
    Mixed Media on Paper
    36" x 24"
    Michael Dolen

  • Circus Gala 1   Circus Gala 1
    Mixed Media on Foam Board
    58" x 20"
    Michael Dolen

  • Circus Gala 2   Circus Gala 2
    Mixed Media on Foam Board
    55" x 16"
    Michael Dolen


Michael Dolen

MICHAEL DOLEN

Michael Dolen: The Circus Series
October 13 – November 2, 2018
Reception: Thursday, October 18, 2018 6-8 PM

Michael Dolen’s most recent work explores the theme of the circus: a site earmarked as being an imbricated network of activity, often involving rituals, risk, and sudden climaxes. Reflecting this carnivalesque energy, Dolen’s works use a variety of media; doing so, they capture the essence of the circus as a cross-section of chaotic forces. Figures are typically revealed only in mask, and only through the lens of a perspective that melds the wilding distortion of funhouse mirrors with the exacting rules of Cubist proportion.

In the mixed-media work Circus Figures 921V, the visual center of the painting depicts two jesters engaged in a seemingly impossible acrobatic maneuver. The detail with which the figures are rendered willfully contrasts with the jazzy abstraction that fills out the left- and right-side of the picture. Because each figure — the main attraction, so to speak — is rendered with such care, the visual noise at the picture’s margins takes on symbolic meaning. The abstract markings come to compose an audience, a throng of anonymous faces bedazzled by the spectacle of the two jesters performing an athletic feat.

Influenced by Modernism and Abstract Expressionism while studying art at The Cooper Union, Dolen has built on those traditions and taken them in a new direction. With over 30 years of experience as a graphic designer, he applies the clarity of that discipline to the sensuous forms and lush colors he employs, creating a unique, engaging body of work. The artist lives and works in New York City.