Art 101 opens an exciting new season with an exhibition of work by Jenny Lynn McNutt. The opening reception for “Zoopsia” will take place on September 7 from 6 to 9 and the exhibition runs through October 14.
Zoopsia is the visual hallucination of animals, here realized in McNutt’s new paintings.
“The rabbit is the shape of the imagination in motion meandering or hopping between my ears these past several years… The rabbit also has a vast mythological and spiritually symbolic history as in Native American and West African mythologies where they are seen simultaneously as benevolent creatures and tricksters,” writes the artist.
The motion, the color, the figures — generously flavored with eros — lure the viewer into this painted phantasmagorical world of cavorting rabbits, hares and …but wait, are they really all rabbits? Was there a glimpse of human in that bunny’s visage, or was it simply a moment’s illusion?
“The interplay between the human, the animal, and this force that drives both human and animal — what Aristotle and later philosophers call “conatus” — give McNutt’s paintings and gouaches their counterpointing tensions.” Tom Sleigh, 2012 (see catalog)
For eight years McNutt has concentrated on sculpture and performance art. We rejoice in this return to her first love, paint.
Jenny Lynn McNutt has exhibited and performed nationally and in Paris, Rome, Milan, Dublin, Eastern Europe, and North and West Africa. Awards include a Fulbright Fellow- ship, an Eastman Foundation Grant, a Rothman Opportunity Grant NYFA, a NYFA Fiscal Sponsorship, and residencies at the Fine Arts Work Center Provincetown, MA; Taos, NM; the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts; and the Fundacion Valparaiso in Spain. She teaches at Pratt Institute, the New York Studio School and Pace University.
ART 101 is located at 101 Grand Street between Berry and Wythe.
The gallery is wheelchair accessible.