Naming the Animals

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April 3rd, 2011 - July 17th, 2011
Opening: April 3rd, 2011 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Curious Matter, Proteus Gowanus, Arthur Bruso, natural history, Cabinet of Curiousity photography mixed-media, digital, video-art, conceptual, realism, abstract, modern, sculpture


In our collective effort to understand the world, we’re driven to name and catalog everything around us. From the detailed observations of prehistoric cave painters through modern ecology and zoology, humans have been compelled to describe and render the other living things that inhabit the earth. Not necessarily purely aesthetic or scientific, naming and cataloging can include the assignment of moral or metaphorical associations. Implicit in these actions is our desire to declare and understand ourselves.