247 Lark Street
Albany NY 12210
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Call of the Wild
Animals are all around us. Even in our artificial, manmade landscapes, animals find a way and share space with us. Often times we may forget these ubiquitous creatures we evolved alongside, but they are there nonetheless?from the creepy crawly bugs below us to the soaring birds above our heads. Despite our self-important attitude here on earth, it is the human animal that is the minority compared to the other animals of the world. Ants alone collectively weigh about as much as all the people on earth. We imitate animals and envy them.
For many people, pets are an integral part of our daily lives. Pets are often treated as honored members of our households. Our modern myth superheroes such as Spider-Man, Batman, and Wolverine show our obvious appreciation for animals. Animal drawings were the very first thing we put on cave walls when humans first began making art and communicating.
Animals also find their way into our dreams and haunt us with nightmares. Our horror films are often tales about abstract animal creatures, half-animal monsters, or humans gone feral. It is our love of these freaky beasts that perpetuates our zombie-loving culture. Even though we may fear our animal instincts, we also desire to become more animal-like. This contradiction stems from our own knowledge that humans, despite all our accomplishments, are just animals too.
As humans, we love observing other animals just doing what they do best, existing naturally without our interference. We record them, study them, learn about ourselves through their behaviors, and we make art to show our appreciation of them. As Buck heard the call of the wild and lost his tame nature in Jack London?s novel by the same name, you too can forget your civil nature as you explore The Call of the Wild, the UAGs show of animal-themed art. We expect some howling and barking at the moon tonight.
The Upstate Artists Guild is proud to present The Call of the Wild Show, featuring artwork with animals or inspired by animals.