Remaining almost completely unchanged for millions of years, the Order Crocodilia has brought both dread and mystery to the minds of mankind for centuries. From the mighty Saltwater Crocodile to the nimble Gharial, Crocodilians have long been the root of folklore, belief, symbolism, competition, and celebration. While some cultures hunt and farm them, others have regarded them as deities such as the Egyptian God Sobek, who created the Nile River and controls the fertility of the soil. They have also been the animal of origin to the legend of the dragon and the leviathan in many cultures, floating silently in the water akin to that of the beasts of the sky. "Tooth and Claw" explores the many interpretations of crocodilians, and brings focus to an animal that has been a fixture in human legend.
Curated by Angelica Raquel, "Tooth and Claw" features artists working in a variety of media and from different places and times all imbued with humor and tactile conceptual amalgams of master artistry to make a fun and enlightening show of imaginative beasts. Artists included are John Atkins, Rachel Gardner, Roberto Benavides, Sarah Fox, Jules Buck Jones, Loc Huyhn, and Angelica Raquel. "Tooth and Claw" not only brings to question our relationship with Crocodilians, but with that of nature and our imposing and changing presence on this world.
The exhibit is on view May 2-18, 2019.
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 2, 6-9 p.m.
Open for First Friday, May 3, 6-9 p.m.
This exhibition is free and open to the public.
Non-reception hours: Thursday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m.