Sideshow includes works of over 30 diverse artists who share a common attitude, the
These artists, now as well as then, are eclectic in their techniques, media, styles, influences and ideas. Yet they are linked by their shared faith in the power of highly personal images in an increasingly faceless society. They don't smooth over the rough corners of their subjects, these creators express their unconventional and iconoclastic visions through irony, through turning familiar dimensions of the American Dream inside out or upside down, through brash colors, through exaggeration, and very often through humor. The humor is essential. It keeps self-righteousness and pretentiousness at a minimum, while highlighting the absurdity of so much of what passes as real life.
genesis of which was the "New Pop" of the mid 1980s. That attitude -- over the years described by various names such as Pop Surrealism, Lowbrow, New Brow, Underground -- has been the hallmark of a generation seeking to stimulate, to grab attention, and occasionally to shock.
Writing for Juxtapoz Magazine, CR Stecyk III observed, "The Sideshow is Brad's unique extravaganza, with previous incarnations launching aesthetic revolutions. Sentient beings chart those original exhibitions as being ground zero for much of what is accepted as le culture moderne. Benedict's Sideshow is treatise on the old and true augmenting the forces of the new and bold."
Brad Benedict is founder of the influential Paper Moon Graphics and creator of the retail store, Heaven: The Supermarket of Pop Culture (with a retro luncheonette that offered Robert Rauschenburgers and Claes Oldenburgers on the menu). As Juxtapoz founder Robert Williams put it, "Brad was one of the seminal alternative artists from the 1970's through the1990's. Now is the time to pay proper respect to the man."
Participating artists include Van Arno, Attaboy, Anthony Ausgang, Bill Barminsk, David Brinley, Lou Brooks, David Buckingham, Chris Buzelli, Dave Calver, Colin Christian, Sas Christian, Chris Crites, Daniel Davidson, Britt Ehringer, Ron English, Lori Field, Andrew Foster, Sam Gambino, Gregg Gibbs, Colin Johnson, Nancy Kintisch, Laurie Lipton, Everett Peck, Chris Peters, Judy Ragagli, Billy Reynolds, Joe Rocco, Cassandra Szekely, Brian Taylor, Bob & Val Tillery, Mark Dean Veca, Eric White, Barnaby Whitfield, Nate Williams, Robert Williams, and Brian Zick.