July 10 - August 16, 2008
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During the months of July and August, the Rena Bransten Gallery will present Creature Feature, a thematic exhibition including works in different media by eight artists.
Creature Feature includes art by John Bankston, Rupert Garcia, Don Ed Hardy, Baseera Khan, Vik Muniz, Robb Putnam, Tracy Timmins, and Tara Tucker, each of whom uses non-humans to comment and speculate on contemporary culture and human politics. Robb Putnam's giant dog, fabricated from urban detritus, belies his threatening size by both posture and expression - he is piteous and goofy - man's best friend, perhaps, but a scruffy guardian of the junk yard is more likely. Tracy Timmins' animals have maintained their powers and possibly gained some over the humans sharing their forest, while Baseera Khan's creatures appear with humnas as survivors in a universe of swirling weathers and other fragmented systems. John Bankston and Don Ed Hardy respectively depict sub-terrestrial aqua men and devils living in our midst - creatures who have assumed a humanoid form and, possible, some of our bad behaviors