HI FRUCTOSE MAY 9 2014
Like it or not, taxidermy art has been around for generations and is a fascinating genre. Now on view at La Luz de Jesus Gallery is their 3rd Biennial Taxidermy Show which honors these surprisingly opulent and sometimes horrific specimens. It’s important to note that they were sourced ethically, meaning no animals were killed during the creation of the artwork. Don’t be quick to assume that these artists are glamorizing death. Ironically, they breathe new life into the form and capture a moment in time.
The adjacent gallery features new work by multidisciplinary artist Ave Rose, “Bestiary of the Automata”. Although she exhibits a wide variety of work, her penchant for sea life is clear. Standouts include ornate music boxes made of carousel-seahorses. This may not be a show for the faint of heart, but it sparks a conversation about art and its ability to bring fantasy to reality. There is everything from dolls to fashion, jewelry and animatronics.
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