MONSTERS and HYBRIDS: CREATURES of IMPULSE

MONSTERS and HYBRIDS: CREATURES of IMPULSE

Frank Dixon / Akihito Ikeda / Brynn Metheny / David Perteet
Anne Drew Potter / Mathew Powers / Tetsufumi Sakae

Exhibition dates: September 24-October 17, 2014
Artist Reception: Wednesday, September 24, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Gallery Talk with the Artists at 7:15 p.m.

Stemming from practices in Hollywood, contemporary fine art, illustration, and digital media, the artists of Monster and Hybrids: Creatures of Impulse share a compulsion for inventing and reformulating biological forms. This exhibition examines the conceptual processes and imaginative mechanisms these artists use to forge meaning through this practice. Their results span an enormous gamut, ranging from deep social reflection to upapologetic fantasy, from cinematic macabre to scientific scrutiny, suggesting environments both foreign and parallel to our own. Despite its persistant reoccurance throughout the human record of art, creature creation is often marginalized or addressed only under strict subgenres (fantasy, horror, contemporary art, etc.). This exhibition hopes to dissolve these barriers by exploring how artists use monsters and hybrids to question normative states of society, ecology, and psychology. Through this rich cross-dialog, these works question why the "impulse" for monsters and hybrids holds a central place in the construction of human experience.

Frank Dixon monster Akihito's Wind Messenger

Frank Dixon, Akihito Ikeda

Brynn Metheney's Kappa David Perteet Hellequin

Brynn Metheny, David Perteet

Anne Drew Potter's Ticket Taker Mathew Powers creature Tetsufumi's Alien Creature

Anne Drew Potter, Mathew Powers, Tetsufumi Sakae

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Last updated: September 11, 2015