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Menagerie, an anthropomorphic art show Special

Posted Feb 2, 2012 by Carolyn E. Price
Toronto's Steam Whistle Brewery is hosting an art show that features local, up and coming artists whose works showcase the imaginative ways in which the individual artists take human attributes and insert them onto or into nonhuman entities.
Sharp Dressed Dog February Art Show at the Steam Whistle Brewery
Sharp Dressed Dog February Art Show at the Steam Whistle Brewery
This attribution is also known as anthropomorphism and during the month of February, the Roundhouse at Toronto's Steam Whistle Brewery is presenting an art show entitled "Menagerie ... a series of anthropomorphic illustrations."
Each month, the Brewery provides the venue for an art exhibit in their Steam Whistle Gallery. These exhibitions are meant to showcase "local creative talent" and by providing the venue free of charge to participants, it also upholds Steam Whistle's stated mandate to "support cultural, charitable and community-based organizations and events."
February's exhibit, entitled 'Menagerie,' has nineteen Toronto-based artists participating in the show, and they are: Terence Baker, Alex Beaton, Chelsea Canlas, Willy Cardona, Jesse Graham, Laura Harte, Kassem, Hannah Kim, Diana Luong, Erin Rei, Philip Rice, Saraci, Sabrina Scott, Kira Shaimanova, Sam Singh, Alena Skarina, Caitlin Taguibao, Kate Thornley, and Kat Verhoeven.
The literature for the show, which includes links to some of the artists individual websites, describes the concept behind anthropomorphism:
...as we “humanize” nonhuman entities, personal relationships are established, and a special - sometimes disturbing - attachment is then applied to the animal or object. This can be seen from our naming of pets, to drawing faces on inanimate objects, to shouting at a car when it has broken down. Through us, the animal/object takes on its own humanity. The result of this visual exploration is a modern bestiary - a collection of creatures, human and nonhuman, situated and interacting in contemporary society.
You can see from the screenshot of the poster for the show below, just exactly what they are referring to by the expression "humanize nonhuman entities." The juxtaposition of human eyes into the 'face' of the boxer is really a clever way of anthropomorphizing the dog.
Menagerie Art Show Poster
Menagerie Art Show Poster
An opening night launch party was held February 2, 2012 and the show runs through February 26th. It is open to the public Monday to Thursday from 12 noon to 6 pm, Friday and Saturday from 11 am -6pm, and Sunday from 11am to 5 pm.
Foxy Thinker at the February Art Exhibit at Toronto`s Steam Whistle Brewery
Foxy Thinker at the February Art Exhibit at Toronto`s Steam Whistle Brewery
Buffalo Bill at the February Art Exhibit at Toronto`s Steam Whistle Brewery
Buffalo Bill at the February Art Exhibit at Toronto`s Steam Whistle Brewery
Giraffe Woman at the February Art Exhibit at Toronto`s Steam Whistle Brewery
Giraffe Woman at the February Art Exhibit at Toronto`s Steam Whistle Brewery
February Art Show at the Steam Whistle Brewery
February Art Show at the Steam Whistle Brewery
Horse Can Can at the February Art Show at the Steam Whistle Brewery
Horse Can Can at the February Art Show at the Steam Whistle Brewery