May 14th: Animals as Subject: Exploring the Complex Relationship Between Humans and Animals
Rob MacInnis | A.J. Brown | Karen Moe | Venus Soberanes

The relationship between humans and animals has long been a topic of avid interest in art and academic discourse. Representations of animals in fine art can be traced back to the earliest drawings on the walls of caves, suggesting that they were the first metaphors, acting as ritualistic stand-ins and sacrifices for the gods. While animal depiction has shifted schematically each century, in accordance with transforming cultural norms, the animal world has continued to exert a significant influence on the collective imagination. This group exhibition features artists who address this complex subject from a contemporary standpoint, exploring the interplay between humans and animals within the current cultural climate: Rob MacInnis, A.J. Brown, Karen Moe, and Venus Soberanes.

The artists in this show attend to this imbalance in diverse ways, addressing issues of animal presence and subjectivity, the symbolic influence and value of animals, and inter-species friendship and compassion.
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