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Curious Poses

June 3 – July 1, 2017 Curated by Jennie Ottinger Opening Reception: Saturday, June 3, 2017, 6:00 – 8:00 PM Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 12:00 – 6:00 PM Artists: Tommy Becker, José Joaquin Figueroa, Elisabeth Higgins O'Connor, Emily Mast, Rachel Mayeri, Sandra Ono, Jess Smith, Melissa Wyman Curious Poses considers our complex relationships with animals. What is revealed about human dynamics when we use other species to define our humanness? The participating artists playfully examine the uncanny territory created when animals stand in for humans through installations, videos, photographs, paintings, and participatory events. The opening night reception will include ongoing performances by Melissa Wyman and Emily Mast. For Mast’s The Stage Is A Cage (Swell), Method actor Joe Seely enacts attempts to transgress human structures of control. In Skunk Butt and Friends: Wildlife Negotiation Strategies, Wyman demonstrates various animal tactics involving appendages including (but not limited to) claws, teeth, plumage and scent glands as a means of communication and territorial mark-making. Participation is encouraged.