"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.