July 19, 2011

ESPP in "A Live Animal "at Root Division

If you can check out this show- it is well worth your time. Smart and beautiful images by some really interesting artists.

A Live Animal at Root Division in San Francisco, curated by Christopher Reiger and Selene Foster.

On psychic and cellular levels, what exactly occurs when a human interacts with another animal species? Despite our growing knowledge of biology and natural history, the answer remains something of a mystery. The 24 artists participating in A Live Animal consider such interspecific exchange, be it scientific, emotional, spiritual, or otherwise.

In his landmark essay collection Art As Experience, John Dewey writes “To grasp the sources of aesthetic experience it is [...] necessary to have recourse to animal life below the human scale. [...] The live animal is fully present, all there, in all of its actions: in its wary glances, its sharp sniffings, its abrupt cocking of ears.” Dewey's "live animal" exists in all of us, but is generally unacknowledged or denied. The proliferation of animal imagery in the arts, however, suggests that other species have much to teach us about our own nature. 

There are those who would have us believe it is possible to exist in an Edenic reality where humans and other species live together in peace. Others would have us come to terms with our predatory nature and embrace our propensity for violence. The truth is more complex than either of those perspectives allow. Nonetheless, both speak to contemporary society’s grappling with the existential question, “How should we conceive of and conduct our relationships with other species, and also with one another?"

Surveyed as a whole, the artworks in A Live Animal reflect our inadequate understanding of how best to exist as part of a living, breathing, sensate environment. Individually, however, the works invite us to consider other species through a variety of lenses - mystical, scientific, and philosophical - and to formulate our own approaches to the "animal other." They challenge us to consider the “aesthetic experience” of Dewey's "live animal," one of genuine (if not necessarily sentimental) affinity with all states of being, in light of our current struggle to balance the interests of all parties, be they scaled, furred, feathered, or naked. 

Opening Reception: Saturday, July 9, 7 to 10 pm
Exhibition Dates: July 7 - 30, 2011
Gallery Hours: Wednesdays - Saturdays, 2-6 pm (or by appointment)

July 19, 2011, 7:30-9:30PM
Suggested donation

July 16, 2011

Endangered Species Print Project at Kristi Engle Gallery

Endangered Species Print Project prints available as part of "Wicked Little Critter" at Kristi Engle Gallery in LA. ESPP will be showing along with our friend and colleague Christopher Reiger.

"Constellation (Canis Rufus)"
by Christopher Reiger

Wicked Little Critter
Curated by Anne Hars
July 9 - August 12, 2011
Reception: Saturday, July 9, 7-10pm
Artist Talk: TBD
Gallery hours: Thursday - Saturday 12 - 6pm & by appointment

Wicked Little Critters, curated by Anne Hars, brings together the work of 12 artists who address the human/animal relationship. Non-human critters in art, be they wild, house-pets, zoo residents, farm animals, or fable characters reflect ethical attitudes of privilege over our dominion. These works reveal among other things, how clearly we comprehend the minds of critters, and how much we project ourselves onto them. This show is dedicated to those wicked ones that continue to play a part in what it means to be human. 

Stephanie Allespach 
Krista Chael
Erin Cosgrove
Leeza Doreian 
Chris Doyle 
Matt Driggs 
Dana Hoey 
Mitsuko Ikeno 
Ian Patrick 
Hirsch Perlman 
Christopher Reiger 
Holly Topping 

With special contributions by the Main Street Museum and the Seabiscuit Foundation Prints from the Endangered Species Print Project will also be available for purchase with all profits donated to Animal conservation organizations. 

Kristi Engle Gallery devotes itself primarily to solo exhibitions of new works by contemporary artists. It is located in Highland Park, near the corner of Ave. 50 and York Blvd.