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Wednesday, April 05, 2006

!Animal Magic opens 4/13!






Hairanoia closes this Saturday, April 8th. If you haven't had a chance to check it out, stop by this week. (Hours: M-F 10-6, Sat 10-4)

Next Thursday, April 13th, our new show, Animal Magic opens! The opening will take place Thursday night from 6-8pm. Animal Magic will also be open until 8pm on Saturday, May 6th for Eastworks Gallery Night.
From 5-8pm, seven different Eastworks galleries will be exhibiting new work. Animal Magic will end May 27th. An off-site closing performance featuring Jason Martin's Evolution Revolution, Tumblecat Poof Poofy Poof and other animal sounds is in the works. More info coming soon.

Animal Magic is a group show featuring work by Joseph Segal, Roland Lusk, Seth Scriver, Bwana Spoons, Joshua Vrysen, Jessica Williams, Diane Cluck, Jamie Mohr, Michele Bond, Shaun Kessler, Courtney Raiph, Chase Carlisle, Beverly Shana Palmer, Jesse Clark, Jesse Goldstein, Kristen Lupoli and Jason Martin.

While at least two animal focused group art shows have taken place in Western Massachusetts over the last year (Becoming Animal at MASS MoCA last spring and very recently, Animal Kingdom at W. M. Baczek Fine Arts) the artists in Animal Magic have a very different vision to share with you. While most of the artists in Becoming Animal looked with fear towards a dystopian future where the gap between animals and humans would diminish in the military, scientific and technological realms, the artists of Animal Magic earnestly preserve a primitive, often shamanistic world where animals maintain their integrity and mystique. Bwana Spoons looks to the past and resurrects a woolly mammoth walking through an enchanted land of blossom crystals. Jason Martin, a man who dons a wolf mask and tail when performing with his band Evolution Revolution, presents his personal mythology, a mix of ancient Egyptian magic, totemism and furry fandom, in a well-researched book and CD. He begs his audience to "find their tail" and use their animal spirit to "smash the state."

Unlike many of their self-conscious contemporaries, the artists exhibiting in Animal Magic are not inhibited by the anthropomorphobic need to eschew sincerity and emotion when discussing animals. While many postmodern artists see an impending technocracy under which animals will be assimilated further into the human kingdom and humans will lose the qualities that distinguish them from beasts, the artists in Animal Magic conjure these beasts to help us find what we have already lost.

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