For Molly McGuire, life is a carnival. This weekend, the locally-based artist and musician will bring her work to the 3-Ring Circus Big Top gallery for an installation entitled Splintered Personalities, which will run November 3-23.
The exhibit, which features 17 separate series and 150 total pieces, is an assembly of nearly all of McGuire’s recently produced art. “I have a ton of art,” she explains, “but I just didn’t have any time to make anything new or any kind of a cohesive thing. I really just wanted to see what it all looked like together.”
As an performer with roots firmly grounded in the music community, McGuire has toured and played with bands for more than 20 years including Queens of the Stone Age, Frank Black, Yellow #5, The Spores, and Mondo Generator. Despite a successful career as a musician in Los Angeles, she ultimately moved to New Orleans in 2008 to pursue her first passion – visual art. The gathering of her work into one cohesive exhibit has been a true labor of love, taking her around the city as she worked to assemble the installation.
“What I’m really looking forward to is seeing everything in one room,” she says. “The theme is that there are multiple themes, all of these different sides of me that are represented by the series. It looks like the work was done by 17 different artists, but the unifying theme is they are all done by me.”
A 501© not-for-profit arts education organization, the 3-Ring Circus is located at 1638 Clio Street between St. Charles and Carondelet. Splintered Personalities, which opens Saturday, November 3 from 6 to 9 p.m., will run in the gallery through the 23rd with gallery hours from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Those interested in learning more about McGuire or the 3-Ring Circus are encouraged to visit their website.