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Animals Eating Animals

May 4, 2012 - May 26, 2012

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The nature of our existence depends on a force both violent and necessary—the obligation to consume one another for the purpose of our continuing survival. From the tiniest organism to the largest mammals, all living things must endure this cycle.

This collection of work is an examination of the ongoing cycle of consumption observed by all animals. The content, though graphic, beautiful, or simply absurd, encompasses many common perspectives on the food chain, though the common thread between each perspective is survival.

The artists in this exhibition have restricted themselves to using animals as a vehicle to carry this message, though these tableaus are also manifest in humans themselves. Our efforts to survive in the human world, though harsh and complex, are mirrored in these animals, each of which is doing its best to endure in a savage century.

Jordan Wong

Jordan Wong is a young artist living in the Pittsburgh area. He aims to create anything fantastic, pursuing absurd, quirky concepts and executing them through his skill sets of drawing, illustration, painting, etc. Continual growth and exploration is a crucial part of being a fine artist for Jordan, causing him to practice different disciplines (especially ones he’s not very strong in) and experiment with new ideas. Early influences of his include comic books and cartoons, which explain the illustrative nature of his work. Jordan will soon be graduating and receiving both degrees in business marketing and graphic design. He plans on participating in future exhibitions and furthering his career as a fine artist and graphic designer.

Joe Mruk

Having lived my first 21 years among the woods of southwestern Pennsylvania and my 22nd in the Sonoran desert of Arizona, I’ve found myself back in the woods again with a new body of work. I obtained my Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from California University of Pennsylvania in 2010 with a major concentration on painting and sculpture. My work, which has involved wooden assemblages, dioramas and altar pieces, has been described as “illustrational expressionism.” This particular body of work attempts to tackle the ambivalence of violence within nature: the primordial hunt and its aftermath. The traps and various implements that hang among the work lend a human element that remind us of modern man’s participation in these cycles of violence and recovery.

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Start:
May 4, 2012
End:
May 26, 2012
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