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CSU Art Gallery's post-modern exhibit

New 'Animatopoeia' work produces thought-provoking animal imagery

By Mark Pace
On January 28, 2013

  • Osti's Madusa is a part of a series of animal myth-themed creatures.
  • Ceremony by Kate Clark shoes lifelike fusion of human and animal characteristics. Photos courtesy Grace Gaeckle

"Animatopoeia: A Most Peculiar (Post Modern) Bestiary" is the current expedition at the Cleveland State University Art Gallery. The show features thematic exhibition of works by 19 internationally recognized artists in various media, exploring animal imagery in contemporary art.
 The theme of animal imagery is well supported by the impressive pieces that fill the gallery. The art is categorized into 14 categories through post-modern thinking including: those that belong to the emperor, embalmed ones, those that are trained, suckling pigs, mermaids,
fabulous ones, stray dogs, those that are included in this classification, those that tremble as if they were mad, innumerable ones, those drawn with a very fine camel hair brush, those that have just broken the flower vase and those that, at a distance, resemble flies.
 The individual pieces of art are thought-provoking and interesting, such as Robert Osti's "Medusa." This art piece comes from asking the question, "What if we could give life to the fantastical creatures that populate our myths?" "Medusa" is part of the "Myths Dissected" series and is a detailed, great fit for the animal theme.
 'Animatopoeia' also features amazing animal sculptures with deep meanings. One of the largest sculptures called "In Bocca Al Lupo" by Beth Cavener Stichter is an impressive piece taking up a large portion of the back of the gallery. This amazing sculpture of a wolf is a beautiful sculpture that would be worth a trip to the art gallery by itself.
 Another amazing sculpture, by Kate Clark, is "Ceremony" that shows a lifelike fusion of humans and animals that investigates which characteristics separate us within the animal kingdom. The unexpectedness of a human face on an animal evokes curiosity.
 The expedition is a great display of art that will be running from Jan. 18 to March 2 at the CSU Art Gallery.
The gallery is located right down the street from campus at 1307 Euclid Ave.
Hours are Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday noon to 8 p.m.

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