By Andy Doerschuk Published September 17, 2009
Perhaps you know him as the psycho wearing a creepy clown mask who bangs beer kegs with Slipknot, but there’s more to M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan than meets the eye. And on September 24 the public will get an eyeful when the Moberg Gallery curates the first gallery showing of Crahan’s artwork at The Azalea Ballroom of the Kirkwood Hotel at 400 Walnut St in Des Moines, Iowa.
The show will feature a wide variety of Crahan’s work including a number of acrylic-on-canvas paintings, framed photography, prints, and some Polaroids from his upcoming book, The Apocalyptic Nightmare Journey. “My first gallery showing is truly the realization of a lifelong dream,” Crahan says. “Polaroid photography has helped open the doors in my mind about layering, saturation, and backgrounds. Then of course there’s painting. I feel as though I’ve waited my whole life to be able to enjoy what I always imagined painting to be. This is now reality.”
Also doubling as Crahan’s birthday party, the event goes from 7:00 p.m.–12:00 a.m. and will include live entertainment throughout the evening, including an appearance by Mike Pfaff and Jeff Karnowski of Crahan’s band Dirty Little Rabbits.