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Another Surreal Side of Bill Saunders

The Guilty Party may not have candidate in this year’s election race, but the antagonistic local party’s founder Bill Saunders donned his Little Miss Mess-Up guise (under which he ran as a write-in candidate a decade ago) for a video which appears to endorse Justin Elicker.

The mayoral election’s on Tuesday. This Friday, Saunders has another project: the grand opening of a new community-oriented gallery space in the lounge area of the YMCA building at the corner of Chapel and Howe streets in downtown New Haven.

The gallery project is a collaboration among The Guilty Party, Ideat Village (the festival which Saunders founded in the ‘90s and ran for over a decade as a local nose-thumbing at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas) and The Connection Inc., the “human service and community development agency” which has its New Haven offices at the YMCA building.

The first exhibit at what is being called The New Haven Art Connection is “Freakshow,” featuring work by Volonte Morceaux. Billed as a “French transplant, originally hailing from Gibraltar” and “a self-taught painter, internationally recognized performance artist, outspoken social critic, prankster, and post-modern surrealist provocateur,” Morceaux’s work bears a striking resemblance to Bill Saunders’ own art. Like, it’s the same stuff.


Little Miss Mess-Up, we hardly knew ye. But Volonte Morceaux also has a lot to say about the absurdity of modern culture, government and society in general. Freakshow is us.


The opening reception for this “study in forced adaptation and unnatural selection” is Nov. 1 from 6 to 9 p.m.

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