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Matthew Silver

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My role as a clown, trickster and village idiot is to parody excessive seriousness by playing with taboos, rules, and social norms. My inspiration comes from my heart. I perform for smiles and laughter, loosening people’s armor, and opening up a portal for imagination, creativity and love.

Some people see me as a raving lunatic, pompous “artistic” hipster, or attention-starved 9 year-old, but people don’t consciously understand the role of a clown in society. Read between the lines and you will start to see things from a different perspective. By breaking down boundaries, I provide you, the viewer, with permission to open your mind and realize it’s okay to act silly from time to time. We may trick ourselves into believing we know everything, constantly striving for perfection in a society that requires a civilized, job-holding, serious individual. We cannot be perfect. If we allow ourselves the chance to be flawed perhaps we can let the obstacles humble us, rather than make us rigid. In the end we can let our guards down to attain our most basic need of giving and receiving love.

Mostly known for his work on the street, you can see him at Astor Cube, Washington Square Park, Union Square and the L-Line Subway. On stage and in art galleries he's performed at Goodbye Blue Mondays, Grace Space, Panoply Lab, IV Soldiers, Gowanus Ballroom, CPR, Sidewalk Cafe, and Spattered Columns in Soho.

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