Pets We Love 2

art review ABQ, 2016, Vol 1, p.2

Pets We Love 2 is an eclectic gathering of artwork honoring the animals in our lives. Eighteen international artists were chosen to participate in an online exhibition at the G25N virtual gallery. Artists from the United States, Poland, India, Dominica, and Canada submitted artwork ranging from oil paintings to sculpture and including subjects such as dogs, cats, birds, and even reptiles.

G25N (Gallery 25N) is an online exhibition space for artists from all over the world to show their work to an audience they may not have been able to reach otherwise. Artwork is carefully selected by a curating panel comprised of artists, educators, and museum curators. Exhibitions are presented in one of three galleries and are accessed by means of a video presentation. They also offer short biographies for all the artists as well as contact information.

Upon accessing this show I was taken aback by the video presentation of the artwork. The only viewer interaction that is available is a play button in the center of the screen. While you do have the ability to pause the presentation, you cannot look at a previous piece without starting the presentation over again. Also, there is no way to zoom in to look at a piece more closely. This format may appeal to some viewers, but others may prefer to have a more hands on experience with more control over how they interact with the show. Other online galleries have made an effort to provide a more authentic gallery experience and I feel this is where G25N may be lacking.

The range of techniques and mediums used in this exhibition is as varied as the artists themselves. For instance, Pat Saunders White of the United States submitted a 16” x 20” Acrylic painting entitled Sadie. This painting is a portrait of a dog gazing directly at the viewer, wild fur flying out from the top of his head, sad eyes looking longingly at the viewer. What makes this artwork interesting is that the artist used a rainbow like array of colors including reds, purples, yellows, greens, and others. Also, the background is split vertically, one side being yellow while the other is a light blue. The concept of color interaction is a big part of this piece making it worthy of further consideration.

On the other end of the spectrum is a sculpture submitted by Judith Rubins also of the United States. This small clay sculpture of a dogs head is as expressive as any I have seen in recent years. Done entirely of medium toned gray clay, this piece sits in direct contrast to the piece previously mentioned from Pat Saunders White. Saunders artwork uses color and sweeping gestural strokes to create movement and depth which is in direct contrast to the fine detail and visceral quality of Rubins work.

Pets We Love 2 includes some very talented artists from around the world. Although the presentation may be lacking in some respects, the artwork is definitely not. These artists bring their subjects to life in a very defining and respectful way and through this exhibition are able to share their gifts with others who love animals. This show is definitely worth the experience.

Sue Bahr