R. Luke DuBois
Left to right:
Circus Sarasota: Gena Shvartsman Cristiani, 2014
Circus Sarasota: “Texas” Jack Fulbright, 2014
high-definition single-channel generative videos with sound, custom frame
43 x 26 x 8.5 in / 109.2 x 66 x 21.6 cm
Here, each performer is presented in a multi-shot collage of performance. Filmed in high-definition video and slowed considerably in playback, individual details of the artistry not seen by the naked eye become focal points of interest. The works are also interactive. Motion sensors detect the viewer’s movement and the video scrubs, advances or rewinds, accordingly giving the viewer an active role in the experience.
The multi-framed, multi-shot style of Circus Sarasota is based on DuBois’ research conducted in The Ringling archives over the course of a year-long residency. His presentation is reminiscent of late-19th- and early 20th -century circus advertising posters, particularly those produced by the Strobridge Lithographing Company. Here the contemporary pays homage to the great historic lineage of circus-related visual culture.
This project was commissioned by curator Dr. Matthew McLendon at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.