above: “Visit to the Glo Zoo” by Lisa Petrucci Roq La Rue Gallery in Seattle is hosting a great-looking group show this coming weekend called A Cabinet of Natural Curiosities. From the press release:
The mysterious links we have with animals are integral part of our psychological make up. As humans we treasure them, fetishize them, turn them into symbols, anthropomorphize them, and at the same time inflict terrible cruelty upon them. We allow horrific injustices in slaughterhouses to occur and decimate their habitats, yet offer our children stuffed animals for comfort and have whole stores devoted to pampering your pet. The way we relate to the other creatures living on the planet relates directly to the way we view ourselves. This show, while leaning more towards the fanciful rather than the political, offers up a wunderkammer like display of creatures, while addressing many of the issues raised above.
The roster of artists lined up for this show is amazing–Junko Mizuno, Liz McGrath, Jim Woodring, Kozyndan, and MAKE‘s own Mark Frauenfelder among others–so if you’re in Seattle, be sure to stop by. Link. A Cabinet Of Natural Curiosities Opening Night: Friday, February 8, 6-9pm February 8 – March 1, 2008 @ Roq La Rue Gallery 2312 2nd Avenue Seattle WA 98121 ph: 206-374-8977 www.roqlarue.com