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JENNIFER ANGUS: ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL

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MAY 22 – SEPTEMBER 11\, 2011

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Opening Reception

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Saturday | May 21\, 2011 | 6pm – 9 pm

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CAFAM Members | FREE

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Non-Members | $10 donation

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Please RSVP to 323.937.4230 x50 or rsvp@caf am.org

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Reminiscent of a cabi net of curiosity\, installation artist Jennifer Angus creates a fascinating world made beautiful by thousands of colorful insects. Inspired by global textile designs\, Angus makes intricate and kaleidoscopic wall patterns out of preserved insects\, leading people to ponder their own relationship wit h all creatures\, great and small.

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Wisconsin-based installation artist and educator Jennifer Angus transports visitors to a state of wonder in her exhibition All Creatures Great and Small at CAFA M. What appears to be gorgeous wallpaper is\, in reality\, approximately 3\ ,500 brightly colored insects pinned directly to the wall in kaleidoscopic patterns.

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“We don’t have very many ‘Wow!’ moments anymore in this age of Internet. We’ve become a bit jaded\,” says Angus\, “I am tr ying to capture in my work the magic we experience as children. I would lik e people to discover it once again and for a moment just stand there and sa y ‘Wow!’”

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Inspired by the tribal dress of the Karen tribe in Thailand’s Golden Triangle—a region bordered by China\, Laos and Myanma r—Angus combined her passion for pattern and textiles with a newfound fasci nation for the often overlooked (even maligned) insect. Using no endangered species\, Angus creates her distinctive patterns without utilizing dyes or destroying natural resources.

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Naturally electric blue\, emerald green\, pink\, purple and red insects coalesce on the walls to crea te an immersive Victorian-era room that recalls an age of excitement\, expl oration and scientific discovery. Complementary small-scale dollhouses cove red in beeswax are home to anthropomorphized insects that provoke viewers t o revisit their own relationship with the eco-system.

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For Angus\, pattern is associated more with meaning than decoration. Her works call to mind themes of death\, cultural association and ideas about collec tion. “ Although insects are common all over the world\, insect collectors share the same passion\, rigor and attention to display as many art collect ors\,” says director Suzanne Isken\, “You will find that Angus’ work reflec ts the world’s infinite cache of unexpected beauty and diversity\, a view t hat we at the Craft and Folk Art Museum hope to share with Los Angeles.”

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About Jennifer Angus
Jennifer Angus is an artist\, educator\, writer a nd curator living in Madison\, Wisconsin. In September 2001\, she joined th e faculty of the University of Wisconsin - Madison where she is an Associat e Professor of Textile Design. Jennifer received her education at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (B.F.A. 1984) and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (M.F.A. 1991). She has exhibited her work internation ally including Australia\, Canada\, Germany\, Japan and Spain. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including Canada Council\, Ontario Arts C ouncil and Wisconsin Arts Board grants. At the University of Wisconsin-Madi son she has received annual grants from the Graduate School as well a Vilas Associate Award\, the Emily Mead Baldwin-Bascom Professorship in the Creat ive Arts and most recently a Romnes Fellowship. Three of her works are in t he permanent collection of the Canadian Embassy in Bangkok\, Thailand. She maintains a comprehensive web site of her work www.jenniferangus.com.

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