"Animus Botanica" Exhibition

Denise Bibro Fine Art

poster for "Animus Botanica" Exhibition

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In Animus Botanica, three young artists explore themes of nature, narrative, and fantasy. The subject matter centers on flora, fauna, and the human form, as well as hybrid creatures, all of which are enthralling, and sometimes downright ominous. A fox emerges from the soft pink petals of a magnolia blossom, a Rubenesque female figure sports a bear’s head, a possum bears his teeth against an onslaught of bats, a lifeless bird hangs from string amongst a botanical rendering.

According to painter Boyce Cummings, nature occupies a large part of his inner life, and he casts people as animals in his works in oil, acrylic, and mixed media.

Christopher Reiger’s complex multi-media paintings on paper vibrate with saturated color and dense compositions of fauna, which the artist refers to as “hallucinatory landscapes.” Often populated by menacing crows and other intimidating animals, Reiger suggests that nature is by no means idyllic, and compares its extremism to the contemporary cultural and political climate.

Amy Ross’ watercolors and collages portray delicate, elegantly rendered botanicals morphed with animal and human forms. Ross notes these images subvert the traditional genre of botanical illustration by viewing the natural world through the lens of genetic engineering and mutation gone awry.

[Image: Christopher Reige “A Cruel and Beautiful Faraway Place” (2007) Watercolor, gouache, sumi ink and marker on Arches paper, 32 x 27 in.]



from September 04, 2008 to October 04, 2008

Opening Reception on 2008-09-04 from 18:00 to 20:00

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