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‘Pages From Mind Travellers’ Diaries’ at Dorothy Circus Gallery

“One’s destination is never a place, but always a new way of seeing things.” Henry Miller

SEEN is all agog for this fascinating exhibition scheduled for October 13th to December 15th in Notting Hill. ‘Pages From Mind Travellers’ Diaries’ is the intriguing name of this group show; a title mirroring the Gallery’s restless mood and Ideologies. That’s how it all started, with the idea of a journey towards the remote ways of surrealism, a journey full of the surprises and significant meetings that shaped Dorothy Circus Gallery’s identity. Today, the Gallery wants to keep on wandering, as a circus, to open its curtains once again to a new public, collecting new essential moments for its travel diary. The group show embodies the spirit of travel, representing a way to commemorate the gallery’s goals and to showcase its intense itinerary.

With the aim of spreading its image around the world, while absorbing new cultural contexts the Gallery starts its journey through Europe, heading towards a new capital: London. Shifting from extremely bizarre tastes to the most refined tendencies, where better for the first destination for the Circus if not magnificent London? The city of extreme glamour, the dynamic centre of fashion, which can suddenly turn into the elegant domain of evening teas; London has the perfect atmosphere with which to welcome DCG’s unique style.

“Each one of us was assigned his own journey. We bring into it our family background, carrying in our hearts our family members and the special people we meet, who become deeply rooted in a personal circus we travel with constantly. Each of us has his unfollowed path to go through, his own doors to unlock in order to free his soul, to sail out into the infinite visions coming from his mind. The place we reach is not down any map, as true places never are. It might be the secret garden where the holy blue resides or the glorious land of a still time and memory. By experiencing, dreaming, and discovering we fill our suitcase with ghosts of love and emotions. While losing sight of the shore, we are finally wanderers and we discover ourselves.” Alexandra Mazzanti, Founder of Dorothy Circus Gallery, comments.

The first Group Exhibition in London will feature already established names on the Pop Surrealism scene, artists Kazuki Takamatsu (JP), Joe Sorren (USA), Marion Peck (USA), Ray Caesar (UK), Travis Louie (USA), and Camille Rose Garcia (USA), which is why Dorothy Circus decided to call on them to introduce Pop Surreal culture to London. These great artists’ extravagant work, created in all possible artistic mediums and personal styles, from digital and highly detailed images to a more painterly approach with brushes on canvas, will be a guide for the visitor to start exploring the intricate realms of this style of art. After the long-awaited event, they will keep on working with DCG as icons, for a brilliant course of solo exhibitions, one per artist, that will start in early 2018, in Rome.

The 10th Anniversary Group exhibition also in Rome will be a broader celebration involving already known artists: Adam Wallacavage (USA), Alessia Iannetti (IT), Gary Baseman (USA), Kukula (IL), Kwon Kyungyup (KR), Millo (IT), Clementine de Chabaneix (FR), Leila Ataya (RU), Miss Van (FR), Naoto Hattori (JP), Natalie Shau (LT), Nouar (USA), Scott Musgrove (USA), Tara McPherson (USA), Zoe Byland (CH), Sas Christian (UK), John Brophy (CA), Kris Lewis (USA), who will be reunited with DCG to bring back their fervent energy and thrilling ideas.

Newer artists such as Amandine Urruty (FR), Atsuko Goto (JP), Greg Craola (USA), Ozabu (JP), Rafael Silveira (BR), in collaboration with DCG for the first time, will make this event even more special by sharing with visitors the astounding visions of their Pop Surreal minds.

Mixing old and new glories, this celebration will signal the beginning of a sensational tour around the world, in the true spirit of Pop Surrealism.

SEEN caught up with founder of Dorothy Circus Gallery, Alexandra Mazzanti, in the busy run-up to the group show.

Alexandra, many congratulations on the impending launch of Dorothy Circus Gallery. SEEN looks forward to the inaugural exhibition, ‘Pages From Mind Travellers’ Diaries’. Is it fair to say the inspiration for the group show is as much literary as artistic?

Thank you for your warm welcome.
Yes it is, and I would say that the exhibition theme carries a spiritual mood that I chose as a fil rouge to link the artists together. The journey has a metaphorical meaning of its own and sticks all our lives together. Isn’t Art above all, about life and the eternal (destination) we all aim to reach?

Given the central concept of a ‘journey’ how did you choose the work? Was there a ‘map’ for political or topical pieces?

I only chose a theme that could be profound and wide, so as to leave the Artists’ creativity free. As for the artworks, they are all brand new creations made specifically for this first landing of new surreal imagery in London.

What is it about ‘Pop Surrealism’ that so draws you as a gallerist?

I don’t like to label the movement even if it certainly helps to talk about Pop Surrealism in order to identify this specific figurative art I am foud of; keeping that in mind, I’ve been moved by the emotional power of the Artists’ works since my very first approach. I loved the drastic detachment from the current art language, the split from the abstract rules of the white cubes, with their geometric and rigid shapes that Pop Surrealism substitutes with a deeply figurative vocabulary, caused by the rebirth of a collective sensitivity towards the most sincere of visual messages, continuing the Surrealist mission and starting from the Magic Realism roots. This is an art movement full of life, whose pop icons mirror perfectly the controversies of the cultural and historic context we live in. It mocks this reality through its idols, a sharp yet sophisticated irony, a wise sarcasm that suddenly reveals a new awareness; the presence of the surreal.

Do you hope to establish a more permanent base in London for Dorothy Circus Gallery in the future?

Actually that is the plan. I am testing the Notting Hill area hoping to find the proper definitive location soon. London will be one path in our incredible journey, this city has an enormous potential to expand the philosophy of the Dorothy Circus Gallery.

SEEN anticipates you’ll hardly have any spare time while in London, but if you do, where will you be slipping away to?

A year ago I moved to Oxford, where my children go to high school, and I am planning to move to London next year. I love this city, especially the way it’s always open to new concepts in lifestyle. London has absolutely everything, and there are essentially unlimited treasures to be found. From pop-ups to cultural festivals to vintage shops… there is something for everybody. The cultural offerings are in a class of their own. For example, I am a passionate lover of opera, so when I can escape and relax, you can find me at the Royal Opera House… or at the Said in Soho – Italian chocolate makers from 1923, where I can give myself a little satisfaction.

Thank you Alexandra, it’s been such a pleasure to hear all about your artistic and aesthetic process. The exhibition will be on from October 13th to December 15th 2017, from noon to 5.30pm Monday to Sunday.

Pages from Mind Travellers’ diaries
Dorothy Circus Gallery
79-81 Ledbury Road
W11 2AG


Photography Barbara Oizmud