Why Not Eat Your Pet
November 1 - December 3, 2005
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 5th, 7-11pm
Artist Talk: Friday, November 18th, 7-9pm
Gale Hart marries gentle whimsy and disturbing reality in her paintings and sculptures that explore the contradictions running amuck in a culture that relies on animals for sustenance on the one hand, while marketing them as cute, cuddly and vulnerable on the other. Hart's work looks at animals and our relationship to them through the almost sentimental lens we use to depict them, but reveals the reality of what we do to or with them at the same time. The result is an eye-pleasing series of work that lulls you gently on the one hand--but jars on the other--by addressing the unsettling nature of this disconnect.
"I am," says Hart, "interested in amusement, sarcasm, hypocrisy, deception, social injustice and piquing the viewer's curiosity... the work, I think, stands for itself."