35,000 years ago, man picked up some bones and charcoal off the ground and drew his first cave painting- only instead of painting a picture of himself, he painted animals. He watched the herds cross the plains and thought they were beautiful and magical, and retained this image in his mind and translated them on the cave walls with graceful and accurate curves. A new group exhibition titled “Animalia” at Abend Gallery in Colorado will showcase contemporary artists whose work has been influenced by animals, and takes a look at how we relate to them today.
At the height of his success, people could simply not get enough of naturalist painter John James Audubon’s images of backwoods America and its wildlife, which he cataloged for decades from field observations and drawings from specimens. His artwork inspired real and palpable visions of the New World, lauded as transformative, bringing creatures like his Birds of America to life for those who would never have known them otherwise. The non-profit environmental organization National Audubon Society borrows its name from the artist who had such a great influence on others, and are hoping to do the same with their annual “Brink” exhibition, hosted by Antler Gallery in Portland Oregon.
For one weekend only, four Californian galleries are joining forces for “Beyond Eden,” a showcase at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park. Featuring C.A.V.E. Gallery (Venice, CA), Copro Gallery (Santa Monica, CA), Spoke Art (San Francisco, CA) and Thinkspace (Culver City, CA), the event will provide a sampling of work each gallery’s represented artists. While the four galleries are known for their affinity for pop surrealist painting, the scope of Beyond Eden is much broader — from Joel Phillips’s large-scale drawings shown with Spoke Art to the monster microcosms of Curiot (HF Vol. 29) in Thinkspace’s roster. Organized by Thinkspace co-owner and curator Andrew Hosner, “Beyond Eden” will have an opening reception with live painting 5-11 pm on October 12 and will be available for viewing on October 13. Take a look at a sneak peek of the work in the event after the jump.