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"Animality: Cultural Constructions of the Animal"
2003-06-25 until 2003-07-06
Blue Oyster Art Gallery and Project Space
NZ New Zealand (Aotearoa)
Honouring its commitment to cutting edge contemporary
art work that isn't for the squeamish, Blue Oyster
Gallery and Project Space bring us Animality, an
exhibition that will explore our connections to, and
our understandings of animals. Works range from those
addressing animal advocacy to those questioning the
cultural constructions of the animal.
From the glass menageries of animals housed in the
Hubrecht Laboratory, Netherlands, and the Tornblad
Institute, Sweden, comes Dublin artist Karl Grimes
photographic series Future Nature. Captured in a
state of grace, the foetal images invite us to view
and enter a contemplative mode.
Trophy hunting is the focus of New Zealand based
British artist Angela Singer. An animal rights
activist Singer works ethically with the animal.
Using donated old taxidermy trophy kill, she strips
the skin from the taxidermic support, replacing it
with wax to form flayed flesh.
Catalogue essay is by Steve Baker, Reader in
Contemporary Visual Culture at the University of
Central Lancashire, UK, author of The Postmodern
Animal and Picturing the Beast. His essay in the
forthcoming collection Killing Animals (Illinois UP)
will include further discussion of the work of
exhibiting artists Angela Singer and Jordan Baseman.