Cat Art Exhibit 'Apocalypse Meow' Excites Feline Desires
|Bunnie Reis, Ezra Li, and Garrison Buxton|
Bunnie Reis, Ezra Li, and Garrison Buxton created the original Kittenzilla, which was painted over an unused wall on Divisadero at Hayes, and its new counterpart, Kittenzilla 2. Both share the supersweet kitty eyes of a Lisa Frank drawing, with shocks of neon lasers shooting out of said peepers. This new piece, however, also includes a banner declaring, "We're Winning the Future!!!"
The exhibit also includes numerous other takes on everyone's (okay, some people's) favorite fuzzy house pet -- 58 pieces by 16 artists. One wall is occupied by a cluster of dark, rock 'n' roll, and horror themed gouache-on-paper pieces by Audrey Erickson. Her series of striking and bold pieces have even more punny titles including Vampurr Pussy, Bride of Furankenstein, and Meowl at the Moon. This wordplay theme pervades the exhibit and was further accentuated at the opening (thank you, organizers, for pumping Cat Power over the sound system).
|Audrey Erickson shows the feline's dark side, albeit playfully.|
|The work of Yumiko Kayukawa.|
The show is a mostly light-hearted take on the theme, as you might expect. But must art always maintain an underlying seriousness? I say no. "Apocalypse Meow" continues through June 4 at Space Gallery, 1141 Polk (at Sutter). The gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday, and the show is definitely worth a visit. In fact, for what it aims to be, it's damn near purrfect (emphasis, sadly, mine).
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