I’ve been silent for a while, but working all the time to bring some pleasant surprises to you, and I can announce my participation in three wonderful group shows this year in California, US. All the shows have absolutely wonderful confirmed artist lists with really talented people, some of which very dear to me, and all have amazing, very special curators.

1. "JEST in Time: The Phylogenesis of Clowns" in August, in the Distinction gallery, Escondido; co-curated with Dio Sumagaysay
2. "Horrorwood" in October, in WWA gallery, Los Angeles (Culver City); WWA gallery’s curating team Industrial Squid
3. "Subtleties of Character" in December, in the WWA gallery, Los Angeles (Culver City); co-curated with Dan Barry

Now, about the closest one, this August already: "JEST in Time: The Phylogenesis of Clowns".
All pieces will be sold auction style, starting at $100 {Pieces will also have a “buy it now” price, that will be valid through 9:00 pm during the reception}, 100% of the gallery profits to be donated to ArtHatch and Palomar for art Scholarships, so you’re supporting a great cause as well as obtaining an outstanding addition to your collection by bidding/buying the artworks from the show. Contact the gallery to see the preview list!

There are a couple of reasons why I feel particularly drawn to the idea of this show.
The one thing – clown {ie. Circus} is an art itself. To use art for creation of art, simulation for creation of simulation, mediation for creation of mediation and so forth – there is something decadent in this idea, something that the tasteful, venerable art would avoid. I feel it attracting.

The other thing – the symbol of clown itself is extremely intricate. Basically, clown is a person who works in a circus, usually ridiculously dressed, performing funny acts, and amusing people. But I know of nobody, especially small children, who would actually LOVE clowns, who would really find them sweetly amusing, pleasant and lovable. They are found rather creepy, even eerie {Sorry all the nice clowns out there, maybe I just haven’t met you}
Do you like clowns?

The first clown persons in popular culture I recall are: Krusty the clown from The Simsons – a miserable, cynical addict person and Joker from the Dark Knight movie – a murderous psycho with incurable childhood trauma..

I find that the most positive and human examples actually are some stingingly honest and lonely persons hiding their total inability to live in the fierce society, hiding it behind a physical, seemingly entertaining mask {some Charlie Chaplin character?}

This last part is the one that moves my heartstrings, because this is the state that is very human, very understandable, and I believe that actually almost everybody has felt this way for a moment some time, whether you weep or gulp down the tears, admit it or hide behind laughter - and I have felt like that as well.

So, my piece for the clown show is going to be very personal, very much of a self portrait, titled “Consecration of a Clown”.

Some sneak-peek detail pictures below.

This and that about other shows coming very soon.....


  1. WOW!!! I'm actually scared of clowns, but your piece is going to be awesome!!! This looks like an amazing show Jana!

  2. Congratulations on great shows>>
    Why just California?

  3. Thanks guys. Go see the shows, wont regret! ;)

    Andy, I'm exhibiting also elsewhere. Having a curious wonderful project in Latvia right now, I'll post when I have some pictures.

    California shows - because I was invited to take part, and because the themes are kindling my imagination..