Clay Art Center exhibit explores animals as metaphor for human nature
Clay Art Center in Port Chester, N.Y., is set to host “The Emotional Animal,” an exhibit exploring how animals can be a metaphor for human nature.
The opening reception is Saturday, July 27, from 6 to 8 p.m.; the show runs in the gallery through Saturday, Sept. 14.
“The Emotional Animal” is the third core exhibit in Clay Art Center’s year-long gallery focus, “Animal Instinct,” exploring the animal kingdom, according to a news release.
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This exhibit examines how animals are our bond to nature and are all around us, the release added. They are a part of our daily lives whether in our homes or in the wild. Animal inspirations abound in literature and in the visual arts and are often used anthropomorphically to reveal, reflect and elaborate upon our own human nature. From prehistory to the conceptual works of Damien Hirst’s sharks in tanks, artists have used animals as symbols and sources of inspiration and metaphor.
This national juried exhibition is guest curated by California artist Crystal Morey.
Morey is quoted in the release: “From the beginning of human expression we have found emotional connection and understanding in the world through the animals around us. We see this narrative from early cave painting to animation, primal hunting to genetic engineering, from fierce predators to domestic companions. This theme invites an exploration of the animal kingdom through the artistic voices of today, as an expression of instinct, contemplation, and emotion in our collective experience.”
The participating artists include Andrea Olmstead, Caroline Painter, Claudia Olds Goldie, Sara Torgison, Biata Roytburd, Lorren Lowrey, Deana Bada Maloney, Joy Brown, Brandon Lutterman, Raoul Pacheco, Jill Bell, Deborah Lecce, Tricia Zimic, Laura Marmash, Krista Grecco, Lauren Stanford, Kirin Kane, Chad Knapik, Shelsea Dodd, Darla Jackson, Travis Winters, Kurt Salinas, Jessica Sallay-Carrington, Elissa Armstrong, Tyler Quintin, Ariel Bowman, Arbelardo Pulido, Misty-Dawn Harder and Emily Albee.
“Animal Instinct” is Clay Art Center’s year-long gallery focus for 2019, exploring the animal kingdom through a series of four core exhibitions and related programming. The exhibits examine how artists use anthropomorphism to convey messages about relationships, how we coexist with animals in the wild and in our homes and the importance of preserving the animal kingdom to maintain the delicate balance of our shared ecosystem. The exhibits include: The Great Race, Pots for Pets, The Emotional Animal and Julia Galloway: Endangered Species Project.
Clay Art Center, 40 Beech St., Port Chester, N.Y. Gallery and SHOP hours: Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. or by appointment. 914-937-2047.