01
Aug
09

SAW Gallery show- Animal House

The SAW Gallery’s got a new exhibition on, titled “Animal House- Works of Art Made By Animals”, which is running until September 26th.
You all should check it out, and not just because it’s free.

From an X Press article:

“The concept of animals creating art isn’t nearly as esoteric as it sounds. Indeed, since the late 1950s, art made by animals has become a thriving, if not oft ignored, industry existing on the periphery of the contemporary art world. Early paintings from chimpanzees, for example, captured the public’s attention due to their often striking similarity to the abstract and impressionist movements of the time, while more recent paintings from trained elephants are currently en vogue among collectors.

Animal House, however, may just be the first exhibit to present an in-depth and all-encompassing look into this rarely seen artistic world. The exhibit is the brainchild of SAW Gallery’s curator Stefan St-Laurent, who was inspired by his own growing collection of animal art. “Initially we wanted to look at the exploitative work coming out of research and wildlife preserves and offer a critical viewpoint,” says St-Laurent. “But the more we looked into it, the more we decided that we really wanted to offer a comprehensive experience so people can appreciate the intellectual and creative capacities of animals.”

The family-friendly exhibit offers up three different
kinds of animal art: works from trained animal artists, naturally occurring animal works, and collaborations between animal and human artists. Among the roster of artists on display are some of the most prolific of both the two-legged and four-legged variety. Carry on the Back, for example, is a lush, multicoloured painting created by Ramona, a trained elephant artist from the Maesa Elephant Camp in Thailand. The abstract painting looks almost like something one would expect to find on the wall of a contemporary art gallery and seems to have a surprisingly complex structure, and the deliberate brushstrokes of a skilled painter. Similarly, Tongue Tied is a beautiful and strangely fascinating abstract work painted by Kamala, an elephant from the world renowned Calgary Zoo.”

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