I like the bizarre, in particular the people and atmospheres of carnival and circus side shows. I was nine or ten when I saw my first oddity and have been following side shows pretty much ever since, starting with Ripley's Believe It or Not on 42nd Street, the House of Wax in Coney Island and other side shows both here and in California. During the 1960s, I even worked on 42nd street in a bar, where I would serve the people from the peep shows and others who lived underground lifestyles.

Over the years, I have found these individuals to be complicated and simple at the same time, and through our interactions, came to realize that we are all misfits in one way or another. There is something said for being vulnerable, for saying love me as I am. My current series of assemblage works is about the complexity and vulnerability of the lives of the people who work in these shows. I regularly attend them, and photograph the artists and performers as they stand out front and pitch the public to come on inside. These photographs become the centerpieces of my homages to their art.

The Night Circus

Tattoo Mike

Snake Charmer

Sir Michael Wilsom
Live By The Sword
Two Ladies

This Too Shall Pass




Michael Wilson

Lady Diane Falk

Lady Diane Falk

In Gallery
Brooklyn Streetcar Artist' Group
Berkeley College Art Gallery
255 Duffield Street Brooklyn, NY
Opening Reception: To Be Announced
Exhibition Opened: May 8, 2015 - June 30, 2015
M-F 9-5 Sat 9-12 noon