Six Unsettling Images of Vintage Carnivals at Eat Your Art Out V

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Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 12:10 PM

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Roller derby league Angel City Derby Girls went bigger and bolder on Saturday night for its fifth annual Eat Your Art Out fundraiser. This year, the group took over Titmouse's Hollywood animation studio for a carnival-themed bash filled with bearded ladies, cotton candy and lots of art, all of which was donated for a silent auction.

The carnivals of the early 20th century were the source of inspiration for the event. Most of the work up for auction reflected traveling forms of entertainment, from the carnival to the circus. But there were a variety of styles on display, works that explored the darker side of traveling entertainment. There was emphasis on creating eerie moods and mysterious characters. Check out six of the most unsettling works after the jump.

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6. Punch by Josh Taylor

The classic Punch and Judy puppet show was a popular form of entertainment during the Victorian age, with much of its comedy relying on the interaction between characters. In his piece Punch, artist Josh Taylor lets the lead character fly solo. In his small theater, Punch appears grinning, ready for a new series of antics. But without anyone to be on the receiving end of his tomfoolery, there's a certain sense of loneliness to the scene.

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5. The Elephant Woman by Dave Crosland

Dave Crosland took a literal, and gender-bent, approach to the acclaimed 1980 film The Elephant Man, based on the true story of Joseph Merrick. In The Elephant Woman, Crosland uses the film's famous quote "I am not an animal" to set a scene filled with isolation and longing.

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