The Court Jester

By Kristen Fry

Everyone knows the emperor is wearing no clothes. But where are the court jesters? Have things gone even more sideways? Or is this the normal historical range? Are you kidding? Can big questions be asked through visual art? “I’m not sure,” says artist John Hillmer, “but it seems clear that we need more honest fools and jesters. Are we not all ombudsmen capable of speaking deeper truths? And can we at least admit that we’re all fools sometimes?”

Art
“The Court Jester”
By John Hillmer
Sat, Jan 21, 1–5pm
Sun, Jan 22, 1–5pm
Bordello Galería Courtyard Pop-Up Show
Órganos 19 (one half block off Hernández Macías)
johnhillmer.com

Hillmer’s work has traditionally been on the rascally side but also very much on the spiritual side. Is this a contradiction? Previous shows at the Bordello have included “Jazz Taco,” “Birdjazz,” “Buddha Blues,” and “Chicken & Egg.” His work has appeared behind artists such as Ray Charles, Keb’ Mo’, and Maya Angelou in the form of large stage murals. He’s also worked with schools, children’s museums, and environmental organizations. He’s designed posters, beer labels, moving sculptures, and juggled graphic work for some 50 music, community, and literary events across North America. His images, he says, owe much to the sublime and playful teacher that is nature.

Naturally, any and all of this mix will pop up in the Bordello’s lovely courtyard this Saturday and Sunday.

Aldous Huxley once suggested that it will take nothing short of everything to save ourselves. Surely, art is one of those things. Hillmer’s mother once said, “I don’t know a lot of things, but I know you have to count your blessings.” Please come and count. You won’t need a lot of money, but you will need to wear your clothes.

 

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