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Laura Ball at Denver Art Museum | "Stampede: Animals in Art"

Laura Ball at Denver Art Museum | "Stampede: Animals in Art"

On view through May 19, 2019

"See how animals have captivated artists throughout history in Stampede: Animals in Art. This cross-departmental exhibition brings together more than 300 objects from the Denver Art Museum’s collection to explore the presence of animals in art throughout centuries and across cultures.

Stampede creates an opportunity for visitors to discover and consider the role animals play through themes such as personal connections with animals, how animal materials have been used in art, how animals are used to tell stories or represent political ideas, and how artists use animals in imaginative ways."

Laura Ball featured on Art Works for Change

Laura Ball featured on Art Works for Change

In her intricate watercolor paintings, Laura Ball portrays a colorful tangle of creatures that weave their way into our consciousness. She charts a course through our dreams and memories to environmental values long neglected. As she leads us through visions of intertwined beings, Ball projects the passion and concern of a loving steward. She reminds us that our ward — the primal, natural world — is an interconnected whole more valuable than the sum of its parts, and uses materials (watercolors and graphite) that are as ephemeral and unpredictable as nature itself. In these works, Ball is not offering a simple celebration of the animal kingdom. She is exploring the relationship between humans and our fellow creatures and highlighting tensions and recurring failures in our stewardship of nature. 

Laura Ball at the San Diego History Center

Laura Ball at the San Diego History Center

Of Animal Importance: featuring the work of Laura Ball, Belle Baranceanu, Jeff Irwin, and Walter Haase Wojtyla

April 30 - August 14, 2016

Of Animal Importance, a four-person exhibition, showcases the work of San Diego artists Laura Ball, Belle Baranceanu, Jeff Irwin, and Walter Haase Wojtyla. With the depiction of animals as a subject, these four artists interpret the animal form through diverse media, each captivated by differing concerns ranging from human interaction with the natural world, animals as spiritual beings, and the wild beast within us all. Laura Ball and Jeff Irwin have both found enduring inspiration in social and environmental issues (conservation serving as a core undercurrent within their work). Ball’s watercolors transport the viewer to a realm of dreams where instinct and primal nature reign over moral judgment and mental dexterity. Irwin’s sculptural forms are delicate in their white simplicity, yet possess an undertow of violence, sharing a subtle bond with Walter Haase Wojtyla’s (1933 – 2014) aggressive paintings of canines. Ten block prints and one drawing by Belle Baranceanu (1902 – 1988), selected from the San Diego History Center’s own fine art collection, represent her as a key figure in the history of San Diego art.

Laura Ball at the Hudson River Museum

Laura Ball at the Hudson River Museum

Strut: The Peacock and Beauty in Art

October 11, 2014 - January 18, 2015

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