20’ x 10’ x 15”. Vinyl paint on clay ground, wood, repurposed shipping crates, styrofoam packing material, steel rods. 2015.
“Handles” are sound file facsimiles of pop hit, King of The Road
Here Today suggests the unique and complex nature of the mobile lifestyle that has been part of circus tradition since the turn of the 20th century. To allude to its transience, Here Today features over 150 paintings on panels created from packing materials stacked on steel rails near the floor rather than hung on the wall. The turned handles mimic the sound files of Roger Miller’s 1965 hit, King of The Road. The piece also reveals affinities between two worlds – the establishment and the provisional – to affirm the big top/midway subset of the working class as legitimate members of the creative class. Itdescribes the mobile nature of the traveling circus while also honoring the mise en scène of the Ringling Museum, which is fixed and monumental.