American Photographic Artists
January 24, 2020
Very pleased to be included in the APA exhibition curated by Catherine Edelman, owner of Catherine Edelman Gallery.
Friday January 24, 7:00 - 11:00pm
Bridgeport Art Center, 1200 W 35th Street, 3rd Floor Chicago, IL 60609
Image: Ani-human baboon 1406 (one capture) Baboon with body painted like male.
Wild is an adjective we often use to describe animals, reﬂecting the distance separating our civilized lifestyles from the outlying natural world. In Lennette Newell’s Ani-human series, the gap between humans and wild animals is diminished, along with any hierarchy that has been imposed by the technology of man. Each subject, whether animal or human, is equal. Although, the human subject could even be seen as subservient, trying to mimic the grace and physical beauty of the animal, yet imperfectly. An observation that is emphasized by the animals’ effortless elegance placed in both a man-made studio and an environmental backdrop. Together without a spatial barrier, an original relationship unfolds between the animal and the human, a peaceful coexistence that is not exploited by the somatic dominance of the animal, who could in a time period of seconds curtail the human’s life. Snapshots of these interactions convey a joint persistence, though it is safe to say these interactions do not persist in space and time. The series portrays the certainty that a tranquil co-inhabitance can exist, and therefore the possibility that it could propagate.