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Tue - Sat, 11am - 6pm
Michael Dolen
Michael Dolen: The Circus Series
Agora Gallery
530 West 25th StreetNew York,NY
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  • Circus Performer: Solo Performance 185V
Mixed Media on Paper
36" x 48" 
  • Circus Performer with Profile 387F
Mixed Media on Paper
36" x 24" 
  • Portrait: Circus Performer 571R
Mixed Media on Paper
48" x 36" 
  • Two Circus Figures On The Nile 313D
Mixed Media on Paper
24" x 36" 
  • Three Circus Performers 452J
Mixed Media on Paper
36" x 24" 
  • Two Circus Figures And Friend 123A
Mixed Media on Paper
24" x 36" 
  • Two Circus Figures With A Fan 584G
Mixed Media on Paper
36" x 24" 
  • Circus Figure: Portrait 713P
Mixed Media on Paper
24" x 36" 
  • Two Circus Performers and a Flute Player 752M
Mixed Media on Paper
48" x 36" 
  • Three Circus Performers 177S
Mixed Media on Paper
48" x 36" 
  • Two Circus Performers 143F
Mixed Media on Paper
48" x 36" 
  • Circus Portraits: Second Movement 874M
Wood-Cut & Mixed Media on Paper
24" x 36" 
  • Circus Figures 819G
Mixed Media on Paper
24" x 36" 
  • Circus Performer: After The Show 932V
Mixed Media on Paper
36" x 24" 
  • Circus Performer with a Cat
Mixed Media on Paper
36" x 24" 
  • Circus Gala 1
Mixed Media on Foam Board
58" x 20" 
  • Circus Gala 2
Mixed Media on Foam Board
55" x 16" 
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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.


Artists in this exhibition

Circus Performer: Solo Performance 185VCircus Performer with Profile 387FPortrait: Circus Performer 571RTwo Circus Figures On The Nile 313DThree Circus Performers 452JTwo Circus Figures And Friend 123ATwo Circus Figures With A Fan 584GCircus Figure: Portrait 713PTwo Circus Performers and a Flute Player 752MThree Circus Performers 177STwo Circus Performers 143FCircus Portraits: Second Movement 874MCircus Figures 819GCircus Performer: After The Show 932VCircus Performer with a CatCircus Gala 1Circus Gala 2

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