July 30 – August 15
An Exhibition by Dana DeKalb & Jane Fisher
“A rabbit’s foot may bring good luck to you, but it brought none to the rabbit.” -Ambrose Bierce, Epigrams of a Cynic
DeKalb and Fisher’s exhibition, entitled Domesticated, toys with the relationship between humans and animals. Whether in the wild, in captivity, or on your sofa, the context of each image – utilitarian, scary, or cute — reveals the contradiction between our desire for connection with other species and our need to control them.
The show consists of groupings of small paintings as well as larger life-size paintings and drawings. Subject matter includes encyclopedia-style presentations of over-bred dogs, and a series of animals observing their various forms of containment – a new take on “sheltering in place”. All are animals that have no experience in a realm without human interaction and in many cases owe their existence to human intervention.
DeKalb and Fisher approach their subjects with distinct but complementary styles. Both artists have devoted decades to observing and recording human psychological interactions with both empathy and irony. They have each exhibited since the 1980’s in numerous public venues and galleries nationwide, such as Hackett-Freedman, Marx-Zavaterro, George Krevsky, and Charles Campbell.