“Sideshow Nation” at Sideshow Gallery


Artist and impresario Rich Timperio has mounted another of his annual compendiums of, like, a zillion artists at Sideshow Gallery, his haimish venue in not-so-far-flung Williamsburg. This year’s model is dubbed Sideshow Nation and the exhibition promises to leave the casual viewer staggered by its dizzying multiplicity.

Am I wrong in thinking that Timperio’s overviews give a broader and, in many ways, truer overview of the contemporary scene than, say, the Whitney Biennial? Certainly, it’s a more generous endeavor and less prone to theoretical blather.

Would I ponder the question if a work of mine weren’t included? Given some of the artists featured in Sideshow Nation–to name just a few, Ken Butler, Joanne Freeman, Tom EvansTine Lundsfryd, Kim Sloane, Eric Holzman, Lauren Bakoian, Don Voisine, Thornton Willis, Susan Wanklyn, Jeanne Wilkinson and Laura Dodson–I’m inclined to think I would.

© 2012 Mario Naves

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