To say that the relationship between man and animal is a complex one would be an understatement. Urban developments have had a great impact on wildlife, disrupting natural dwellings, upsetting migration patterns, and inviting wildlife into our backyards. And then there are the species — be they pets or undesirables like rodents, bugs, and bats — with which we share our homes. This constant interaction will be explored at the Stevens Square Center for the Arts' latest show, "Half Wild." Artist Miranda Brandon uses photography to capture the fragility of the natural world, bringing examples of human destruction to the forefront of many of her images. Cheryl Wilgren Clyne's drawings call attention to the many dichotomies between human and nature such as man-made versus nature and growth versus destruction. Kansas City artist Calder Kamin creates sculptures and other pieces celebrating animals like wild birds that thrive despite ever-shifting metropolitan landscapes. Molly Balcom Raleigh's "Domestic Confections," a cotton-candy-like mouse nest with "rodent droppings," encourages viewers to consider the other creatures living in our homes. (She'll also be serving up a few edible versions of her art as part of a sundae bar at the the opening party.) Finally, Areca Roe's photography captures domesticated pets, from snakes to canaries, in their "natural" environments (on a recliner or in the kitchen, for example) while making a careful note to remind the viewer that these are indeed wild creatures. There will be a reception from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, March 8. (Pictured: Impact Proof (Decal), by Calder Kamin.jpg)
March 8-31, 2013
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