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Cirkus Diurnus: Sketchbooks of a Traveling Artist
August 20 – September 7, 2018
Opening Reception Saturday, August 25, 4 – 8 pm

We invite you to explore the creative process of cultural anthropologist and trend spotter Mikel Cirkus, in “Cirkus Diurnus: Sketchbooks of a Traveling Artist.” Come to appreciate one individual’s creative journey. From cities around the world, in 63 journals spanning nearly 40 years, Mikel set out to capture moments between the thought, the pen and the paper—magic that is slipping away from our increasingly digital worlds.

“The beauty of keeping a journal is that you may literally see thought coming to page,” says Mikel. “The pages develop from brain to heart to hand, to pen to paper.”

A premier art show, Cirkus Diurnus** features professional notes, personal reflections, quotes, and drawings.

**DIURNUS: To travel from one place to another. The Latin word dies means “day,” and diurnus means “of a day.” Two Latin words became the early French jour, meaning “day,” and journee, meaning “a day’s work, a day’s travel.”

The exhibit features five distinct Acts:

  1. Fecundity (Our Shared Human Experience)
  2. Flying Cirkus (Musings While Cocooned on Airplanes)
  3. Rock Dove (A “Coming of Age” Diary)
  4. Oenotes (Wine Journals)
  5. Signature (Celebrity Encounters)

Mikel believes we all walk around with pages in our heads, yet we are rarely inclined to take time and bear witness to our thoughts by writing them down. He lives by Leonardo DaVinci’s mantra: “God forbid I forget my ideas.”

“You can’t predict the outcome of the sketch or thought you put down on the page,” says Mikel.

During the opening reception on Saturday August 25 from 4 to 8 pm, Mikel will be on hand throughout the evening to answer questions and share stories about his inspired works, over wine, small plates, and live music, curated by the artist himself.

In addition, there will be an exclusive two-part class and workshop, Journaling Your Journey with Mikel Cirkus, on Wednesday September 5, 2018 and Wednesday September 12, 2018 from 6:30 – 8 pm at the West Windsor Arts Center. This class will teach attendees to take notes using design thinking and artistic mind-mapping to capture thoughts and ideas, unplugged. Open to ages 14 and up. Class size is limited. Register HERE

About The Artist
Mikel Cirkus has spent his 32-year career in creative thinking. As a designer, photographer, illustrator and writer, he has a unique perspective on the rapidly changing world of trends, content creation, and execution. A modern social anthropologist, Mikel wades through the noise of society to find signals that may dictate the next lifestyle trend. Insights gleaned from traveling the globe have enabled Mikel to see patterns that add cultural depth to brand authenticity. Beyond merely ‘connecting the dots,’ Mikel actively pursues and records emergent consumer trends as they appear at the fringe of societies, merge into mainstream media and ultimately influence the food and beverage industry. He is currently Global Director of Strategic Foresight for the Flavors Division of Firmenich, the largest privately-owned company in the fragrance and flavor industry – where creativity is both an essence and a guiding principle. He works with many of the most innovative people in marketing, R&D, technical applications and brand management, on hundreds of products in nearly every category of consumer-packaged goods, worldwide. Mikel is a graduate of the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California and makes his home in West Windsor, NJ.

 

About Exhibitions at WWAC

The West Windsor Arts Center (WWAC) establishes a calendar of exhibits that draws on emerging and established local and regional artists and beyond that reflects the diverse cultural makeup of our community. The WWAC Exhibition Committee selects themes based on media, community interest, tie-ins to events and educational value.

The six exhibits we present each year focus on high artistic quality art that showcases diverse multicultural themes and genres. For each exhibit the committee selects a juror from notable regional art educators, professional artists and museum/gallery directors, who choose works consistent with their standards of excellence and our artistic selection criteria.

Criteria for selecting artwork to exhibit at WWAC:

 

  • Competent use of media and artistic technical skill
  • Artistic sensitivity and emotional impact
  • Creative and innovative work to educate the public
  • Wall appeal to attract the public
  • Relevance to show theme (if applicable)