Guess Who’s Coming to Criticize Dinner
The Birdhouse Gallery is pleased to present Guess Who’s Coming to Criticize Dinner, a solo exhibition of new works by Sam Cockrell. Please join us Friday, April 3 from 6-9pm for the exhibition opening and a discussion with the artist about his practice and recent journey to the Galapagos Archipelago.
In the exhibition, Cockrell presents a series of paintings dealing with the political impact of humans in nature. This project involves collecting and maintaining a codex of his daily visual experience of wildlife, both in New York City and abroad. His goal is create an intricate body of connections between different species, their environment, a political sphere, and his own autonomy.
Cockrell’s work, funneling an array of ideas into relatively simple gesture, forces the viewer to expand the content. Like pins in a map, Cockrell’s animals fluctuate in significance both geopolitically and nostalgically. The dream-like surfaces of these paintings dissolve into ambiguity as the viewer approaches, while remaining steadfast in their conversation.
Sam Cockrell is a MFA Candidate in Visual Arts at Columbia University. He has participated in group exhibitions in New York and Knoxville, TN.
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