Circus Queen Descending (1991), Acrylic/Canvas, 20 x 20"

Even as the confrontational tondo, Circus Queen Descending, quotes everything from Botticelli's Birth of Venus to Manet's Olympia, Sheridan lifts his leggy models and titillating titles (Jail Bait, Juvenile Jungle, Easy to Pickup, Girls in Prison) from pulpy paperbacks, campy comics, and teenage trash-film promo posters of the period. Like Peggy Sue, Sheridan's harem of bodacious bitchin' babes in tight skirts and sensible shoes are caught in that "We Like Ike" timewarp when sex was a four-letter word and good girls didn't.

-- Harry Roche, SF Bay Guardian

- Collection of the estate of Dave Biddle -