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Los AngelesThe Bird and Bone Art of Joyce Cutler-Shaw and Sarah Perr y\, an exhibition featuring the work of Southern C alifornia artists Joyce Cutler-Shaw and Sarah Perry\, to be vie wed at USC Fisher Gallery \; fro m February 14 through April 14\, 2007.

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Both Joyce Cutler -Shaw and Sarah Perry are fascinated by bones\, and bones are the subject m atter and the medium of their art. For them\, bones can reveal to us our or igins. Because within our bones lies\, encoded\, the secret of life. In the ir art\, bones acquire the significance of building blocks of matter. Bones connect to our collective consciousness of creation and are our shared lin k to the mineral\, vegetable and animal kingdoms\, maintaining an invisible yet unquestioned presence throughout our lives as our organic support syst em.

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A corollary vital role to bones in Cutler-Shaw and P erry’s art is played by birds. For thousands of years\, since the Old Kingd om of Egypt at least\, birds have symbolized victory over mortality\, the p assage of time\, and death. The bird images of Cutler-Shaw and Perry perfor m a similar function: the signs of death\, its decomposing flesh are substi tuted by the whiteness of the skeletal structure. In addition\, Cutler-Shaw transformed the pigeon leg and foot into an alphabet of her own invention\ , linking bird and skeletal symbolism. Each artist is moved by the need to know and uniquely examines the world of physics and metaphysics: being and nothingness\, endlessness and fixedness\, mortality and immortality. Despit e the affinities so far described\, these artists are polar opposite in the ir artistic choice of medium and style\, as the exhibition makes clear.

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Joyce Cutler-Shaw focuses on drawings of skeletons and the black and white bone-alphabet which explores the dichotomies of life and de ath. Perry combs the California deserts to harvest the bones of animals\, rodents\, reptiles\, and owl regurgitations of bone pellets\, which she translates in to skillfully engineered sculptures of earthly/galactic references. Togethe r\, Cutler-Shaw and Perry take us on a &nbs p\;journey through the time and space of their unique imaginations\, opening worlds both intensely private and weirdly universal at the same ti me.

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About the Artists

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Joyce Cut ler-Shaw is an artist of intermedia\, including drawings\, installation s\, public projects and artist’s books. Some of her public projects can be found at Mission Valley Branch Library\, the Balbo a Park Activity Center\, Stonecrest Village\, CA\, Sorrento Mesa \, CA\, among others. She has exhibited internationally since 1972. Her wor ks are represented internationally in the special collections of both museu m and library. Joyce Cutler-Shaw has served as artist in residence/Visiting Scholar from 1992 to the present at the School of Medicine of the < st1:PlaceType w:st="on">University of California\, S an Diego as Artist-In-Residence/Visiting Scholar fro m 1992-to the present. She was the first visual artist appointed as faculty in the University of California\, San Diego’s Medical School.

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Sarah Perry burst on the art scene a decade ago with the large-scal e grouping of gorillas that she fashioned out of scraps of rubber tires gle aned from the Los Angeles highways. In the ensuing years\, Perry's work shifted to sma ller\, more personal and poetic works\, such as the 1995 mixed-media altere d book piece "What's Underneath Us?" In the past ten years\, she was represented in close to 75 exhibitions in commercial\, comm unity\, college\, and university galleries and museums—nationally and inter nationally—under such wide ranging titles as “Sacred Realm\,” “Bio Ballisti c\,” “Pontus Hulten Collection\,” “Exploring the Cosmos\,” and “The Artful Teapot.”

DTEND:20070414 DTSTAMP:20140919T075409 DTSTART:20070214 GEO:34.0184163;-118.2891492 LOCATION:USC Fisher Museum of Art\,823 Exposition Boulevard \nLos Angeles\, CA 90089 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:The Bird and Bone Art of Joyce Sutler-Shaw and Sarah Perry\, Joyce Cutler-Shaw\, Sarah Perry UID:8078 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR