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Arena 1 Gallery

Exhibition Detail
Unleash the Beast
3026 Airport Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90405

September 4th, 2010 - October 2nd, 2010
September 11th, 2010 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
I Imagine Myself A Hero, Laurie HoginLaurie Hogin, I Imagine Myself A Hero,
o/c, 44" x 54" (framed)
© artist/Koplin Del Rio
Irish Setter, Max MiceliMax Miceli, Irish Setter,
a/p, 28.5" x 20.75" (framed)
© artist
Porcupine, Sharon MontroseSharon Montrose, Porcupine, photo
© artist
jonbenet lambsey series, Nancy Baker CahillNancy Baker Cahill, jonbenet lambsey series,
mixed, 14” x 20”
© artist
Wild Cat, Fred StonehouseFred Stonehouse, Wild Cat,
mixed, 12" x 9"
© artist/Koplin Del Rio
Pollux, Peter ZokoskyPeter Zokosky, Pollux,
o/p, 27" x 21" (framed)
© artist/Koplin Del Rio
Designed for Visible Light, Lisa AdamsLisa Adams, Designed for Visible Light,
mixed, 20” x 16”
© artist/CB1 Gallery
Trophy Head (12Ocular6AuditoryGoldenLonghorn), Joshua LevineJoshua Levine,
Trophy Head (12Ocular6AuditoryGoldenLonghorn),
2009, mixed media, 50" x 62" x 36"
© Joshua Levine
Anniversary Monkey (Cake Eater), Laurie HoginLaurie Hogin, Anniversary Monkey (Cake Eater),
2007, oil on panel , 12” x 12”
© Laurie Hogin
Squirrelton Twins, Grand Ole BestiaryGrand Ole Bestiary, Squirrelton Twins,
digital print, frame 12.75” x 10.5”
© Grand Ole Bestiary
Fox in Blue Riding Dress, Oksana BadrakOksana Badrak, Fox in Blue Riding Dress,
2009, oil on treated giclée, frame 23" x 27"
© Oksana Badrak
The Original Avians, Lisa AdamsLisa Adams, The Original Avians,
2009, oil on panel , 20” x 16”
© Lisa Adams
Unsustainable Creatures/Horse, Cynthia MinetCynthia Minet, Unsustainable Creatures/Horse,
2010, recycled and re-purposed plastics, fiber optics, LEDs, hardware, 50” x 87” x 42”
© Cynthia Minet
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santa monica/venice
Wed-Sat 12-6
sculpture, figurative, surrealism, realism, digital, mixed-media, photography

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 ZokoskyUnleash 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.

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