Willkommen im Karussell der Dämonen. Wirbeln Sie Ihre Ängste durch die Luft. Willkommen im Reich der Geister. Fahren Sie eine Runde Riesenrad, tot geboren, lebendig begraben. Alte Seelen tanzen im Wind. Darauf wartend geschrieben zu werden. Nehmen Sie Platz in der Achterbahn der Gefühle, machen Sie es sich gemütlich, Katharsis beginnt sogleich. Ein wenig mehr Leidenschaft, meine Damen und Herren! Willkommen in der Zirkusshow, hier wo Freaks und Serienkiller Geschichten erzählen. Von der anderen Seite. Engel trompeten. Schrei mein Herz. Treten Sie ein, meine Herrschaften. Abgebissene Rattenköpfe, das Blut tropft das Kinn hinunter, ein Fötus treibt im Einmachglas, konserviert in Flüssigkeit, ein Mann explodiert auf der Bühne. Herzlich willkommen in der Welt von Joe Coleman, kommen Sie näher! Betreten Sie Ihr Innerstes, den Ort, den Sie sonst meiden. Steigen Sie ein, steigen Sie in das Bild, die Reise beginnt.

"... Think if you could literally explode, if you could literally blow up but still be there after it, then you wouldn’t have to kill all the people you would like to kill. You could literally make it a catharsis by exploding. I think everybody has felt trapped in their body before. You must have felt like you just wanted to explode sometime. It is an attempt to try to communicate with another person, too. I mean, if you stab someone, that’s a connection to another person too – it is also one that is suicidal because it kills you and the act. I don’t want to go in that direction, because I don’t want to be killed. But I need to express that, so how do you express it, how do you get it out? You can’t read fucking poetry, you can’t sing a folk song, that don’t get it. You gotta take it to hell. In order to have a real catharsis for a modern audience you have to deal with modern demons. You don’t find them by looking outside, you find them by looking inside, by what’s inside of you, because what is inside of me is also inside of you, you come from the same culture that I do. They might not always be specific, but for the most part you’ve gonna be able to identify with my symbols, those that move me. I put the inner demons outside, because they are less dangerous outside. If they are inside and they are locked in there, they get repressed, they can get really dangerous and that’s why you need a valve to unload the pressure. The performance is part of it and so is the painting. Paintings are more like archeological digs in my own head. I just start anywhere and I don’t really know what a painting is gonna be. So I let it tell me what’s going on. I'll finish a piece completely and then add another one like a puzzle or like a scrawl and by the time the thing is finished, I'll find out something that was going on inside and even though the surface has been build up. I'm actually digging ..." (from the Interview with Joe Coleman by Dana Bordan & Rudolf Stoert, N.Y.C.)

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