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20100817120140-hogin_myself_a_hero
I Imagine Myself A Hero O/c 44" X 54" (framed) © artist/Koplin Del Rio
20100817120617-maxmiceli_irish_setter
Irish Setter A/p 28.5" X 20.75" (framed) © artist
20100817120924-montrose_porcupine-01
Porcupine Photo © artist
20100817121056-nancy_baker_cahill_2
jonbenet lambsey series Mixed 14” X 20” © artist
20100817121222-fred_stonehouse_wild_cat
Wild Cat Mixed 12" X 9" © artist/Koplin Del Rio
20100817121530-peter_zokosky_pollux
Pollux O/p 27" X 21" (framed) © artist/Koplin Del Rio
20100817123640-adams_designed_for_visible_light
Designed for Visible Light Mixed 20” X 16” © artist/CB1 Gallery
20100909165952-j_levine_golden_multi_ocular_longhorn_mixed_media_50_x_62_x_36_
Trophy Head (12Ocular6AuditoryGoldenLonghorn), 2009 Mixed Media 50" X 62" X 36" © Joshua Levine
20100909170126-laurie_hogin_anniversary_monkey_cake_eater
Anniversary Monkey (Cake Eater), 2007 Oil on Panel 12” X 12” © Laurie Hogin
20100909170255-grand_ole_bestiary_the_squirrelton_twins_digital_print
Squirrelton Twins Digital Print Frame 12.75” X 10.5” © Grand Ole Bestiary
20100909170341-oksana_badrak_fox
Fox in Blue Riding Dress, 2009 Oil on Treated Giclée Frame 23" X 27" © Oksana Badrak
20100909170446-adams_the_original_avians
The Original Avians, 2009 Oil on Panel 20” X 16” © Lisa Adams
20100909171049-minet_unsustainable_creature_horse
Unsustainable Creatures/Horse, 2010 Recycled and Re-purposed Plastics, Fiber Optics, Leds, Hardware 50” X 87” X 42” © Cynthia Minet
Unleash the Beast

3026 Airport Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90405
September 4th, 2010 - October 2nd, 2010
Opening: September 11th, 2010 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.santamonicaartstudios.com
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
santa monica/venice
EMAIL:  
info@santamonicaartstudios.com
PHONE:  
310.397.7449
OPEN HOURS:  
Wed-Sat 12-6
TAGS:  
photography, mixed-media, digital, realism, surrealism, figurative, sculpture

DESCRIPTION

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.