Monday, November 21, 2011

John Bavaro

I recently caught wind of an interesting art show that was on display through October 7th in the Carnegie's Duveneck Gallery.  I missed it, but that's part of the cost of being on the road for a living.  If you caught this amazing showing, please post a comment.

When reading the below article, please keep sasquatches in the forefront of your mind (you probably do this anyways).  I believe there are some particularly pertinent statements regarding the humanity of apes, and the apeness of humans, that can and probably should be applied to our furry bipedal friends.

Planet of the Apes
Artist John Bavaro reminds us we’re all primates

Could art be the missing link? Oxford, Ohio, native John Bavaro would probably say yes. His current exhibition in the Duveneck Gallery at the Carnegie Center Visual and Performing Arts Center in Covington uses both traditional and digital painting to examine the similarities between humans and non-human primates. The exhibition is a sort of homecoming for Bavaro, who left Cincinnati in 2001 for a faculty post at Edinboro University in Pennsylvania.

First, a quick zoology lesson. Primates include humans and various groups of apes and monkeys, including chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas, orangutans, gibbons, lemurs and others. Bavaro’s project runs the gamut with 73 painted portraits and 18 digital paintings done on his iPhone and printed in large format. The paintings encompass the entire gallery, hung side against side, salon-style. The effect is mesmerizing — it’s hard to tell where the humans leave off and the apes begin. Many of the humans gaze more distantly than their non-human primate counterparts, who grin, frown or stare soulfully. It’s exactly the point that Bavaro is trying to make. “There is as much ‘humanity’ in a great ape as there is wildness in a human being,” he writes in his statement for the show. “And there is a mystery in all of us that art can capture what science cannot.”

Click this link to read the rest of the article.


  1. You may think you are descended from a monkey, but I do not.

  2. I don't know about Mr. Anonymous above. I think he makes a good case that he is indeed closer to primate than human. I will check out this show. It looks like gorgeous art and I love when artists deal with organic subjects like flora and fauna.

  3. It's not a matter of belief. Humans are a type of primate. That's a simple fact that no one can dispute. It's in our DNA. Only those who have a religious reason to disbelieve what is an undeniable fact to any scientist on the planet or anyone with an understanding of genetics cling to the notion of us somehow being distinct from our ape and monkey cousins. We're different, to be sure, but we're still one of the family.