To celebrate its one-year anniversary, the Franklinton art gallery Wood.Metal.Art. held an exhibit that's as unconventional as it is spectacular. "Kaos = Art, My Life with ADD" is an extension of the wonderful, wild and slightly weird individual who's the force behind it, Michael Siculan.
To celebrate its one-year anniversary, the Franklinton art gallery Wood.Metal.Art. held an exhibit that’s as unconventional as it is spectacular. “Kaos = Art, My Life with ADD” is an extension of the wonderful, wild and slightly weird individual who’s the force behind it, Michael Siculan.
“Kaos” is part Siculan’s own creations — everything from puppets, carnival poster interpretations, sculptures, three-dimensional wall hangings and custom painted clothing — and part the marvels he’s collected over his lifetime. Siculan said he got into collecting from his mother, “a junker before they called ’em junkers,” and he has fond memories of the two traveling to flea markets — via cab because his mom didn’t drive — as a child.
While Siculan points out that his collection may seem as chaotic as his ADD, it’s really an outlet to focus his unbridled imagination.
“It’s experimenting every time. I’m 59 years old and I’m still doing that. It never gets old and I feel I’m just getting better,” Siculan said. “That’s what I thought was cool about the show; maybe some of the parents of kids with ADD can go and [find] this would be a good outlet for [kids with ADD].”
“Overwhelming” is the best description for the collection of phenomena in “Kaos,” but in the best way possible. The excitement of walking through the black-lit entryway adorned with UV-blazoned art is palpable.
“I love watching people walk in and freak out,” Siculan said. “They’ve never seen anything close to it, which is what we wanted.”
With only a few more days of “Kaos” left, the best way to experience the exhibit is Wood.Metal.Art’s Masquerade Party at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1. The galley is also open from 4-9 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday. However you choose to see “Kaos,” make sure to do so before it closes, because this may be the only opportunity.
“This is the very first time I’ve ever exhibited the collection. [Wood.Metal.Art. owner] Patrick Roberts is the only gallery owner in Columbus who would let something like this happen. They’re all too worried about their image or offending people. He let me have free reign and everything came together,” Siculan said.