Wildlife in the Post-Natural Age

Cara DeAngelis has curated a show devoted to a network of linked themes: domestication, wildness, people, animals and environmental disorders.
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Cara DeAngelis has curated a show devoted to a network of linked themes: domestication, wildness, people, animals and environmental disorders. Like most such curatorial mission statements, this proposal serves better as a loose organizing principle than as an analytic key. To my eye, the pieces Ms. DeAngelis has selected align with two main themes:

  • Neo-surrealist rearrangement of animals and animal parts, as in Wade Schuman's drawings, Kate Puxley's sculpture "Take Out," and Ms. DeAngelis's own oil painting "Woman with Roadkill III."
  • The expression of anxiety by means of dislocated space, as in MaDora Frey's "Crash," Dina Brodsky's post-apocalyptic "Albuquerque," and Emily Adams's "Untitled," in which a beam of light on a cornfield somehow glimmers with menace.
  • These themes serve as resonators for the perversities and discomforts of the artists in the show. The work is conceived and crafted beautifully, and has been selected with a sensitive eye. The theme invites idiosyncrasy; it rewards a visit, if you have a chance to drop in.

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    Bacon Wreath with Deer

    Wildlife in the Post-Natural Age

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    September 7-October 14, 2012
    WAH Center
    135 Broadway
    Brooklyn, NY, 11211
    wahcenter.net
    Wed-Fri 1-5 p.m.
    Sat, Sun 1-6 p.m.

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