Saturday’s show celebrating the launch of the first-ever paper copy of the online contemporary art magazine Post so piqued my interest in the project, my only complaint about the event was that it lasted only one day.
Housed at Meridion ac Gallery in Monserrat, where a large crowd gathered to drink tea and enjoy some great tunes, the group exhibition included the work of nine artists working in various media and themes. One theme in particular caught my eye — and perhaps this was because I had just arrived back from Canada, where the glory of summer gave me an even greater appreciation for nature than usual — but the nature-themed works in the show were stand-outs for me.
These stand-outs included Pablo León’s sculptural portraits of his parents made with vintage fishing lures. His father, a former fisherman, provided the inspiration for the works, which I found an interesting way to explore portraiture. And the multi-colored fish hooks made for a visual appeal that even photographer Andy Donohoe couldn’t deny.
In the front corner of the gallery (a great space that recently moved to its current location where I was told would start housing regular exhibitions sometime in September), Diego Naguel‘s animal drawings looked small, but when you get close enough to take in his amazing ability to render detailed birds and bears that appear both friendly and larger than life, you really get drawn into the magical outdoor world in which his artwork resides. Check out close-ups of his drawings in the paper copy of Post, which will be for sale at Purr Libros, or in the online version of the magazine here.
But my favorite work in the show was Samanta Kaeser’s video piece. Framed by silhouettes of fallen deer, the video projected on the wall followed the artist’s feet as she took on the identity of a deer encountering humans in a forest. Kaeser later told me the work was supposed to include taxidermied deer in front of the video, but the gallery wouldn’t allow it for some reason unknown to her. Taxidermy permeates all of this artist’s work, which I might add is some of the more interesting work I have seen in a while.
Born to a father who hunts, Kaeser lived in a house filled with taxidermy and this environment has shaped her mulitimedia works in very interesting ways. Her photographic diptychs of taxidermied animals in natural settings juxtaposed with views that show the way these animals were mounted play on the real and the imagined, as well as calling into question the purpose behind hunting. Check them out in the magazine, or her Flickr page.
I could go on about the great work at the show, but since it’s over, it’s best to direct you to the online version of the magazine and Post’s web site, where you can find out more about the project, the artists, and keep up with upcoming events. It’s definitely one to watch.