Circulo Magico/Magical Circus
Mixed Media Assemblaged Theaters
“I have always wanted to be a magician. These small theaters allow me to play that role.”
With material obsession, Armando Arreola creates small diorama theater scenes of magicians at work. Among the 14 dioramas, we see the sword swallower, the lady being sawed in half, and the woman levitated over fire– while the small audience delights in the magic of the magician. We are drawn into the tiny world of Arreola’s magical theater. He obviously delights in assembling his dioramas (and probably smiles or laughs while creating them). All would be upbeat, except for one factor: the participants. Each face is smeared with dirt, and the hair is matted. We’ve walked into Arreola’s slightly dark world – not bloody, not violent – but a Ray Bradbury novel. There is magic here, as we play voyeur peering through side windows, or from the roof of the theater. But isn’t that true circus? Strange, mysterious, other worldly (e.g., Daniel Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera).
Our Circulo Magico is actually very charming. The children will love it, and so will adults. Please join us on Saturday February 12 for our "Circulo Magico/Magical Circus".
When: Opening Night Reception: Saturday, February 12, 2011 from 7-10 pm.