Foster Gallery Exhibit: Animal Skins, Visual Surfaces

Thursday, October 03, 2013
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Foster Gallery, Haas Fine Arts Center
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Wagener, Thomas
(715) 836-2328

      "Animal Skins: Visual Surfaces," a mixed-media exhibit at UW-Eau Claire's Foster Gallery, opens Oct. 3 and runs through Oct. 31. Featuring sculpture, photography and video by 18 national and international artists, the exhibit explores the many layers of taxidermy — as a museum object, photographic subject, sculptural interpretation and cultural phenomenon. An opening reception will be held from 7:30-9 p.m. Oct. 10 in the gallery.

      Contemporary sculptural interpretations of taxidermy will also be represented in the show. Dr. Stephanie Turner, associate professor of English, who is a co-curator of the show with Jyl Kelley, associate professor of art & design, said that these pieces reflect the recent "rogue" approach to taxidermy, which uses traditional taxidermy techniques to create new interpretations of the realness/artifice binary characteristic of taxidermy.

      The exhibit includes work by two of the founding members of the Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermists, Sarina Brewer and Robert Marbury.  Marbury, a self-proclaimed "vegan taxidermist," creates taxidermy-like pieces from stuffed toy animals.

      Foster Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays, 6-8 p.m. Thursdays and 1-4:30 p.m. weekends.

Photo caption:
"Wrapped, Milwaukee Public Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin" by Diane Fox.

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