a new leaf gallery| sculpturesite is pleased to announce the exhibition ANIMAL DREAMS: Animals as Visual Metaphors, on display from March 5 through June 12, 2011. An opening reception will take place March 5 from 2-5pm.
The intriguing exhibition consists of sculptures crafted in bronze, ceramic, steel, wood, recycled plastic and concrete. The works range in size from miniature, 3” figures to monumental outdoor works over 11’ tall; the majority are pedestal size.
Brigitte Micmacker, co-owner of the gallery and curator of the exhibit, states, “As the only species with religions and mythologies, humans have always had various ways of relating to the other animals with which we share the earth. ANIMAL DREAMS exemplifies the ways sculptors explore the complicated aspects of the human/animal interconnection: the anthropomorphizing, the mystical reflections, the desire to learn, the awe.”
Animals have been depicted by artists since prehistoric times, and contemporary artists continue to be drawn to this archetypal relationship, and to the inexhaustible variety of forms and colors present in the animal kingdom.
The exhibit includes several intimately scaled bronze figures by New York sculptor Noa Bornstein. Lemur with Ailing Young is only 5” tall, but packs a sizeable emotional wallop. The piece explores the indifference of Nature to events that are heart-wrenching to humans. A mother lemur is depicted staying to help her sick baby while being left behind by the rest of the pack: a sure death sentence.
Bornstein says, “Underlying my art is the belief in the human potential for intelligence and compassion. It’s as if the tension between these and other human tendencies can be made visible, perhaps even harmonized, if I can successfully resolve a piece.”
The ceramic sculpture titled Upon the Amber Donkey I Gave the Animals My Eyes by Oregon-based artist Cary Weigand speaks to our evolving awareness of environmental concerns. “The amber donkey represents the sun whose light illuminates us all, and “giving the animals my eyes” indicates a new perspective of Truth originating outside ourselves,” says Weigand.
As a featured piece in SculptureWALK, the gallery’s permanent outdoor exhibition of over 50 sculptures placed throughout Cornerstone Gardens, Stan Huncilman’s latest work, “Tempesti Gotto” is an abstracted fish that towers majestically over the landscape in eye-popping color.
Other artists whose work is featured in the exhibit include Jerry Ross Barrish, Mark Chatterley, John Denning, Gale Hart, Wes Horn, Nina Lyons, Rene Martucci, Mike Moran and Martin Webb.