Monday, September 15, 2008

Bestiarum Vocabulum Opens @ Rosenberg Gallery

Beastiarum Vocabulum, the new group show opening at Goucher College's Rosenberg Gallery, investigates the relationship between humans and animals, and the contemporary vocabulary created by artists who use them in their work.
The exhibition will be on view from September 15 - October 19, with an opening reception on Thursday, September 25, 6 - 8 pm.
Featured artists: Jessie Boyko, Melissa Dickenson, Lisa Dillin, Evan Morgan, Jenny Mullins, David Page, Beverly Ress, and Gowri Savoor.

Still from Jenny Mullins' animation piece

From the catalog essay: A bestiary or bestiarum vocabulum was a book popular in the Middle Ages which contained illustrated descriptions of various animals, birds and even rocks. The natural history and illustration of each beast was typically accompanied by a moral lesson. In addition to providing intriguing interpretations of animals, bestiaries offered tales about the existence of bizarre and loathsome mythical creatures. Since that time animals have appeared in the visual arts in everything ranging from decoration to symbols and allegories.

Detail from Lisa Dillin's sculpture

The show, curated by Ten Tigers' friend/fav, Laura Amussen, is guaranteed to be excellent. Rosenberg is not that far away, carpool, take the city bus, take the college town bus (its free!), just make sure you get there, I promise it will be worth it.