The Circus Is in Town

Aspen-based artist Pamela Joseph has found success internationally in a variety of mediums, but a project near and dear to her heart will stick close to home when Pamela Joseph’s Sideshow of the Absurd opens today at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. Joseph’s been adding to and exhibiting the ever-growing body of carnivalesque interactive works for more than ten years, but it’s been a while since the collection has been seen here, and some brand-new works will be included in this round. As CSFAC assistant curator Joy Armstrong notes, the sideshow-themed multimedia installations aren’t your usual art-museum fare. “They all work together to create one cohesive experience,” she says. “The art responds to visitors via sensors on the floor, things you can put hands on, or buttons you can push. It’s a fun, adventurous experience, and people are going to have a wonderful time, but there is also an important undercurrent to the exhibit, which talks about the power of women and how they are viewed in society. I think that message really comes out in a way that people will experience through engagement with the exhibit.”

Sideshow of the Absurd runs through January 12; the exhibit will also play a major part in CSFAC’s Cirque-style costume-party fundraiser, the Gods and Monsters Bash, on October 25. The gallery, at 30 West Dale Street in Colorado Springs, is open daily except Mondays, with an entry fee of $8.50 to $10 (members and children under four admitted free); party tickets range from $5 to $10. For information, visit
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Oct. 12. Continues through Jan. 12, 2013

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