Animal Nature

June 10 - October 7, 2012

Animals have long been subject matter for artistic exploration. Sometimes symbol and metaphor, sometimes curiosity or marvel—their presence as a visual component of human culture endures. In addition, modern times have prompted an in-depth philosophical investigation regarding the complex relationship between human beings and animals. Contemporary artists working in a variety of media have felt compelled to address this dynamic and do so with work that is witty, insightful, and poignant. Even when animals are the obvious focus of these artist’s objects and images, human beings and their impact upon the natural world are always a subtext.

The artist’s whose works are included in this exhibition approach their subject through a variety of media and techniques. Whether utilizing cut paper, blown glass, gold and silver jewelry, or other, these artists create engaging works that reflect on both animal and human nature.

MORE ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Gallery Guide
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EXHIBITION EVENTS

ARTISTS IN THE EXHIBITION 
Artists whose works are featured include: Susan Aaron-Taylor, Eunmi Chun, Teresa Faris, David R. Harper, Ron Layport, Anne Lemanski, Carmen Lozar, Manya and Roumen, Kyoko Okubo, Miel-Margarita Paredes, Linda Kindler Priest, Tom Rauschke and Kaaren Wiken, Michael Velliquette, and Betsy Youngquist and R. Scott Long

 


Teresa Faris
Collaboration with a Bird II, 2011
Sterling silver, wood altered by a bird, and stainless steel
Collection of the Artist
Photography: Courtesy of the Artist
Miel-Margarita Paredes
Gnaw (detailed), 2008
Copper and enamel
Collection of the Artist
Photography: Stephen Funk Photography
Carmen Lozar
Cloudscape, 2011
Blown and flameworked glass
Courtesy of Ken Saunders Gallery
Photography: Rick Kessinger
Betsy Youngquist and R. Scott Long
Metamorphosis, 2011
Mixed media
Collection of the Artists
Photography: Larry Sanders
Ron Layport
The Homecoming, 2011
Sycamore and pigment
Courtesy of Del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles
Photography: Mark May
Michael Velliquette
Grazing Ground (detailed), 2008
Cut paper and glue
Collection of the Artist
Photography: Courtesy of the Artist
Teresa Faris
Collaboration with a Bird II, 2012
Sterling silver and wood altered by a bird
Collection of the Artist
Photography: Courtesy of the Artist
Ron Layport
Bears!, 2010
Wood, maple, and pigment
Racine Art Museum, Gift from the
Windgate Charitable Foundation
Photography: Mark May
Miel-Margarita Paredes
Standards (detailed), 2010
Copper and enamel
Collection of the Artist
Photography: Stephen Funk Photography
 
This exhibition is made possible at Racine Art Museum by: Presenting Sponsors – Karen Johnson Boyd and William B. Boyd, RAM Society Members, Jay Price Ruffo, S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc., Windgate Charitable Foundation; Gold Sponsors – Helen Bader Foundation, Inc., National Endowment for the Arts, Racine United Arts Fund; Silver Sponsors – Elwood Corporation, Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation, W.T. Walker Group, Inc., Wisconsin Arts Board, Bronze Sponsors – Clifton Gunderson LLP, CNH America LLC, E.C. Styberg Foundation, Inc., Educators Credit Union, In Sink Erator, The Marjorie L. Christiansen Foundation, The Norbell Foundation, Real Racine, and Runzheimer Foundation.