ZOOPSIA opens at ART 101 on September 7 and runs through October 14. The opening reception is on September 7 from 6 to 9 pm.
Zoopsia is the visual hallucination of animals and here they are realized in Jenny Lynn McNutt’s new paintings. “The rabbit is the shape of the imagination in motion meandering or hopping between my ears these past several years.
“Rabbits and hares both have a vast mythological and spiritually symbolic history. In Native American mythologies they are seen as benevolent creatures as well as tricksters.”JLM 2012
The motion, the color, the figures -- generously flavored with eros -- lure the viewer into this painted phantasmagorical world of cavorting rabbits, hares and …but wait, are they really all rabbits? Was there a glimpse of human in that bunny’s visage, or was it simply a moment’s illusion?
“The interplay between the human, the animal, and this force that drives both human and animal -- what Aristotle and later philosophers call “conatus” -- give McNutt’s paintings and gouaches their counterpointing tensions.” Tom Sleigh, 2012 (see catalog)
Jenny Lynn McNutt has shown sculpture, painting, and multimedia performances nationally and in Paris, Rome, Milan, Dublin, Eastern Europe, and North and West Africa. Among her numerous awards are a Fulbright Fellowship, an Eastman Foundation Grant, a Rothman Opportunity Grant (NYFA), a NYFA Fiscal Sponsorship, and residencies in Taos, NM, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and at the Fundacion Valpariso in Spain. She teaches at Pratt Institute, the New York Studio School and Pace University.
ART 101 is located at 101 Grand Street between Berry and Wythe and is open Friday through Sunday from 1 to 6, or by appointment, 718-302-2242.