Unleash the Beast - group exhibition of contemporary animal-themed work
Curated by Jennifer Eckstein and A. McLean Emenegger (Milo + McLean)
Arena 1 Gallery, 3026 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90405
September 4 – October 2, 2010
OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, September 11, 6p – 9p
Regular gallery hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 12p – 6p
Unleash the Beast is an exploration of contemporary animal-themed work, including drawing, photography, sculpture, and painting. Featured artists are: Lisa Adams, Nancy Baker Cahill, Oksana Badrak, Grand Ole Bestiary, Laurie Hogin, Seonna Hong, Joshua Levine, Max Miceli, Cynthia Minet, Sharon Montrose, Fred Stonehouse, and Peter Zokosky. Unleash the Beast is curated by Jennifer Eckstein and A. McLean Emenegger.
Animals have been potent symbols since the beginning of recorded history. They have also been deemed totems, mythological messengers, companions, and omens of luck-good and bad. From pictographs to provincial portrayals, depicted as beasts or best friends, animals are anthropomorphized to bear our best and worst qualities.
In art animals have been determined to play multiple characters from humorous to hellish, benign to bizarre, maudlin to mundane. Victorian-era Brits had a peculiar penchant for posing taxidermy pets into lavishly opulent dioramas. The art form of singerie depicts fashionably attired monkeys emulating human behaviors. Whether kittens are advising us to “Hang in There” or dogs are playing Five Card Stud, animals are part of our popular culture and visual vernacular.
As an alternative to focusing on the subjugation of animals and our (imposed) interdependence on them, Unleash the Beast allows the animals to reign supreme. A portion of sale proceeds will benefit the Wildlife Waystation.