Monday, June 27, 2011

^..^ / :) at Casita Maria Center for the Arts and Education

^..^ / :)
Casita Maria Center for the Arts and Education
July 1 – September 6, 2011
Opening receptions: Friday July 1, 6-8pm
Casita Maria is proud to present two concurrent exhibits: one features artwork depicting animals, the other features artwork depicting humans. The two shows cohabitate the same space and elucidates the complicated way we identify as individuals and social beings, once wild.

Someone let the dogs out in contemporary art! Brent Birnbaum presents a selection of New York City’s talented emerging artists, in a show aptly titled ^..^ which acts more as a symbol (think perky ears) than a slogan. The work of eight artists was chosen for its’ depiction of animals as vehicles for exploring the human condition, surrogates for human emotions, and/or factual explorations of our relationships with other species. From guard dogs to presidential dogs, and tattoo flash to anthropomorphized creatures, no one here is barking up the wrong tree.

Adam Parker Smith, Allison Hester, Allison Hawkins, Irena Jurek, Ryan Sullivan, Patrick Marcoux, Doug McQueen, Daniel Heidkamp

Carolyn Salas and Fran Holstrom paired up to present a group exhibition titled, :) The work in this show ranges in its motivation, expression and interpretation of portraiture in contemporary art. Some of the artists included know the person they are depicting, some depict themselves from memory, while others create more open-ended documents or abstract figures meant to appeal to the “everyman”. Whether rendered with a careful hand or an expressive brush, the viewer is offered insight into the existence of others, which inevitably causes self-reflection, doubt and comparison, all of which are fundamental to our realization of “self” dependent on the pack for our individual identities.

Joshua Abelow, Jamison Brosseau, Maureen Cavanaugh, Holly Coulis, Andy Cross, EJ Hauser, Pablo Helguera, Hein Koh, Willie Wayne Smith

Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education
928 Simpson Street
Bronx, NY 10459
Tel: 718-589-2230


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