Coulrophobia — or the fear of clowns — is a comparatively fresh addition to our ever changing language landscape. But as the entry in the fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders attests, the fear is real and deep-seated. I don’t fear clowns, but I don’t like them either, which might explain why I’m so attracted to Billy Simms’ “Clown Genocide”— a luxuriously printed picture-book depicting clowns being subjected to all manner of vile torture and execution at the hands of a fundamentalist mob.
Part of Funny Mirrors, a group show at the Covington Artisans Enterprise Center, Simms’ prints and sculptures are joined by works from well-known local artist Jeff Casto and newcomer Helena Cline. The cumulative effect is an exhibition that is grotesque, funny and poignant. Monday-Friday. Through July 6. Covington Artisan’s Enterprise Center. 27 W. Seventh St., Covington. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org.