Postal Exhibition May
21 - June 3
Physical Exhibition from June 11
|Liverpool-based artist Leo
Fitzmaurice (b. 1963, Newport) presents a new film that is ten years in
the making. In “Circus Goes Around” (2020) Fitzmaurice has edited
together photographs of hundreds of circus posters he has spotted in
urban and suburban environments, set to classic circus march music.
This film can be viewed below or in our gallery space from June 11th.
The artist writes; ‘Quite a few years ago I started noticing circus
posters and became interested in the way they were displayed. I decided
to start recording them wherever I travelled and after a period of time
became aware of a shared language of display amongst them. What struck
me is that the arrangements themselves seemed to be acting as a kind of
performance. When I saw the photographs all together they made me
laugh, they engendered a feeling of energy and action. I thought of
clowns and acrobats. That led me to the idea of using the classic
circus theme as a soundtrack.’
Fitzmaurice’s practice reaches across medium and interest but often
begins with the same approach. He says, ‘My work most often starts with
a simple observation from my everyday life. I record these observations
in whatever way is to hand; a voice message, a photograph, or a
scribbled note, and then I leave these things to suggest a way forward.
This process can sometimes be fairly instantaneous or in other cases it
can take many years. I just try to let the initial impulse have its own
life, and find its own way, leading me to the eventual form.’
One of Leo's photographs of a public display of circus posters has been
turned into an exclusive A3 print on silk paper stock reminiscent of
that which is used for the posters themselves, with a Q&A with
the artist printed on the reverse.
learn more, please check out the latest episode of our podcast here,
an interview with Leo covering this project and his wider
practice. A full transcription is available here.