Scott MacLeod’s Three Ring Orchestra crashes into ProArts’ gallery like a runaway circus freight train, cages of wild animals splitting open and spilling out anthemic cornucopias of painterly trills, clowning collages and sculptural glissandos, sweating and singing under the reckless baton of MacLeod’s frenetic conducting: “Allegro! Andante! Assemblage! Aphasia! Acrobats!” A unicyclist sketches the audience’s caricatures while the entire string section fiddles away on his tightrope. As the tremolo overture crescendos, devil ballerinas jump through flaming hoops on horseback, and psychedelic hypnotists juggle pizzicato horn solos under ProArts’ Big Top.

“You will not believe that all this (mostly new) art was made by only one person!” – Joan Didion

Scott MacLeod has been presenting live, time-based, conceptual & static work in the San Francisco Bay Area and internationally since 1979. His installations and paintings have been widely exhibited in the Bay Area at venues including Southern Exposure, The Lab, George Lawson Gallery, and SFMOMA as well as internationally in the Czech Republic, France, Belgium, England, Italy and Germany. Visual arts awards include the San Francisco Art Institute’s Adaline Kent Award (2000) and a Wallace Alexander Gerbode Visual Arts Award (2001). His fiction, poetry, theater and critical writings have been widely published in the USA and abroad, and he has co-produced several international cultural exchange projects between USA, France, Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia. He lives in Oakland, California.


Opening Reception: Friday, March 2, 2018, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

This exhibition is supported by the Oakland City Council and funded by the City of Oakland’s Cultural Funding Program. Additional funding is provided by individual donors, like you.