Uh, I just linked everyone thats in the show and I really don't know how I got into this show. It's really weird. I looked up how to take it using public transit and it's a lot of walking, and then Marci says I can use her car if I can find someone to drive it, but it's kind of a hard car to drive, I guess. I don't know. I never been to Palo Alto.
Here's the Info:
The Palo Alto Art Center Presents
Winter 2009 Exhibitions / January 23- April 26, 2009
TALES FROM AN IMAGINARY MENAGERIE &
JOE BRUBAKER: SOMNAMBULISTS
~Public preview, Thursday, January 22, 2009, 5:30- 7:30 pm~
PALO ALTO, Calif. – November 25, 2008 – Among the offerings in the Palo Alto Art Center’s two Winter/Spring exhibitions are fabulist constructions that visually blur the boundaries between abstraction and realist representation in Joe Brubaker: Somnambulists and between animal and man in Tales from an Imaginary Menagerie.
The polychrome figures in Joe Brubaker: Somnambulists have an inward gaze and striking iconic frontality, as if perpetually suspended in dream states. The Bay Area sculptor’s work triggers the memory of Santos ?the hand-carved figures of colonial Latin America and New Mexico that depict saints, angels, or other religious figures. Brubaker’s contemporary figures, however, go beyond motifs of the traditional genre in their melding of realistic details with strongly reductive, abstract elements. Their appeal derives from the artist’s sensitive carving and the sense of human history evoked by materials that range from reclaimed wood from old bridges to worn, peeling metal.
The exhibition, which is presented on the occasion of the publication Somnambulists, features influential pieces from private collections and the artist’s own holdings, preparatory drawings, and exemplary tools that impart particular character to his figures.
Tales from an Imaginary Menagerie explores current directions in contemporary art in which artists have created imaginary hybrid animals or mined the subject of animals in an anthropomorphic territory usually reserved for publications for children. These directions may revisit the wide realm of imagination identified with 19th century cabinets of wonder, reflect the artist’s political strategies for statements on science or gender, or be a mechanism for compelling narratives or delving into investigations of the inner psyche. The blurring of the boundaries between human and animal manifests our culture’s projection of human attributes in our companion creatures and adoption of animal attributes in human activities, ranging from athletic contest to claiming sexual identity.
Tales from an Imaginary Menagerie features drawings, sculpture, photography, tapestry, and video by Randy Bolton, Ria Brodell, John Casey, Adam Chapman, Timothy Cummings, Walton Ford, Justin Gibbens, Scott Greene, Julie Heffernan, Laurie Hogin, Anthony Diaz Hope and Laurel Roth, Misako Inaoka, Nina Katchadourian, Margot Quan Knight, Philip Knoll, Walter Robinson, John Slepian, Deth P. Sun, Kevin E. Taylor, Masami Teraoka, Donald Roller Wilson, and Yuka Yamaguchi. In collaboration with the exhibition Natural Blunders at the de Saisset Museum in Santa Clara University [http://www.scu.edu/de Saisset], Tales from an Imaginary Menagerie marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin.