Animal Spell
Justin Gibbens + Amy Ross

April 3 – 27, 2008

Opening Reception: 5-8pm
First Thursday, April 3, 2008

PUNCH presents the work of Justin Gibbens and Amy Ross. Referencing early wildlife and botanical illustration, both artists demonstrate their own distinctive versions of a subversive natural history.

As a contemporary (wildlife) artist, Gibbens draws upon his obsessive, perhaps unhealthy interest in all things that scamper and poke about in the thickets and undergrowth. Influenced by a recent trip to Bavaria and chance encounters with vintage taxidermy while there, Gibbens sheds light on jackalopes, wolpertingers and other legendary beasts.

Amy Ross is interested in the idea of artist as mad scientist. Her drawings and collages offer visual hypotheses to the question: what would happen if the DNA sequences of humans, animals, plants, and mushrooms were spliced with each other? These hybrids become her interpretation of a perverse natural world wrought by genetic engineering and mutation gone awry.

Boston-based artist Amy Ross attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and also holds degrees in religious studies from Connecticut College and Harvard Divinity School. She has had solo exhibitions at Jen Bekman Gallery in NYC, Allston Skirt Gallery in Boston, Overtones in Los Angeles, Romo Gallery in Atlanta, and Motel in Portland. Her work has been reviewed in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Justin Gibbens lives in Thorp, Washington. He is a founding member of PUNCH gallery. He has shown nationally and internationally, and concurrently is showing at G.Gibson Gallery in Seattle with artist Nealy Blau. Gibbens was the recipient of an Artist Trust GAP Award in 2007 and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award in 2006.

April Hours: Noon-5pm Thursday-Sunday,
or by appointment.

Next Exhibition:

Group exhibition curated by Renee Adams
(more info)


Composite of details from Birch with Birdshrooms by Amy Ross
and Unicorn Moles by Justin Gibbens

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