There's a long history of animals in art. From long-haired lapdogs to doe-eyed cows, artists use animals as metaphor, scenery or the excuse to show off some flash technique. It's less common to take them part by part, but at Monstrosity Gallery in Woolloomooloo they're doing just that — gathering local Sydney artists together for show on the theme of Fur. While some people get deep into fur, Monstrosity's show remains meaning-agnostic, with an open call for entries letting artists interpret the theme as they will. The results will go on display in the gallery in a group show launching on Wednesday evening.
The exhibition ran an open call for entries, but the selection should include the sketch-animating Novocastrian Todd Fuller, the primordial work of Kathy Leung and Yulia Pustoshkina's leering animal world. Also showing will be the day-glo dread of Gerald Leung's work, Puberty Blues star and video artist Nell Schofield and the work of exhibition curator West herself. So while the theme of the show may only be skin deep, the work on show promises to snatch at depths that shaggy follicles don't reach.
Fur launches at 6pm Wednesday night. They gallery is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Painted image by Yulia Pustoshkina.