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.
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.”
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