Image: Kevin House, World's Tiniest Man, acrylic on prepared canvas, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: 10 July 2005
CONTACT: Elizabeth Patrick, Director
ADDRESS: Orange Hill Art, 331 Elizabeth Street NE, Suite C, Atlanta GA 30307
Step Right Up!
Orange Hill leads the way in supporting the
modernization of sideshow art.
Sideshow Wonders and Human Curiosities:
Kevin House, Butch Anthony, J.D. Wilkes, James Mundie, and others
are bringing sideshow inspired art into the 21st century.
Atlanta, 10 July 2005 - Orange Hill Art is excited to
announce Step Right Up! Sideshow Wonders and Human Curiosities, 28 July through 1 September 2005,
an exhibition of the weird and wonderful art of the sideshow. The exhibition opens to the public with a reception on
Thursday, 28 July 2005 from 7:00 until 10:00 P.M. and an after party at the Star Bar from 10:00 P.M. until 1:00 A.M.
The after party will include live music by Th' Legendary Shack*Shakers and live sideshow performances.
Stephan’s Vintage Clothing in Little Five Points will also have vintage banners on view from 7:00 until 9:00 P.M.
The exhibition will feature sideshow banners created
by world-renowned Vancouver threreminist, singer and
artist, Kevin House. Mr. House channels his passion
for the sideshow into creating custom portraits of
animals, famous poets, and imaginary sideshow acts.
Also included are banners by Alabama folk artist
Butch Anthony that are based on the incredible
collection which he has amassed at his Museum of
Wonder in Seale, Alabama. Among the oddities in his
collection are dinosaur bones, Native American
artifacts, and the world’s largest gallstone.
Philadelphia artist James G. Mundie will present
drawings from his Prodigies series featuring
portraits of anomalous humans. Also, J.D. Wilkes, front man for Th' Legendary Shack*Shakers, presents
his banners and drawings.
In addition, Jefferey Pratt Gordon’s collection of
Johnny Eckhardt (best known as Johnny Eck) memorabilia
will be on display. Eckhardt was a famous sideshow
performer known as the “half man” because he was born
without the lower half of his body. He started
performing in 1924 and became well known as an artist,
magician, actor, writer, and photographer.
Vintage sideshow banners from the 1930s-50s will also
accompany the exhibition. Sideshow banners were
created as early as the 18th century and were used as
advertising but have developed a contemporary
following of enthusiasts who have reenergized this
fading art form, and Orange Hill Art is proud to
highlight this interesting artistic genre. The show
runs from 28 July through 1 September 2005.
About Orange Hill Art:
Orange Hill Art is an Atlanta-based gallery
specializing in folk, self-taught, and outsider art
from across the globe. The mission of Orange Hill is
to create a portal between the “outside” and the
mainstream in art and life. Orange Hill was awarded
its first accolade for “Best Presentation” at the
Slotin Folk Fest in 2004. The gallery is managed by,
director Elizabeth Patrick and founder Robbi Raitt.
For more information, please visit
www.orangehillart.com or call 404.215.2100.