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"Rewilderness" without the wilderness

Previous posts have discussed the revival of taxidermy in contemporary art and design. Some interpretations meander far from traditional definitions of taxidermy, only referencing animals conceptually.

We recently learned of local designer Daniel Planko’s whimical, head trophy-inspired sculptures, created from recycled furniture and accessories. Antlers are fashioned from hooks; noses from tapered sofa legs. Called the Rewilderness series, each head trophy is one-of-a-kind original—perhaps the only quality they share with the animal variety. Click here for more on Planko’s design practice.

On Thursday night, MOV hosts the first curator’s talk for Ravishing Beasts. The talk will focus on the use of taxidermy in contemporary art, and local artist George Vergette will be on hand to discuss his work Waning Light,a piece featured in the exhibit that examines the impact of humans on the natural environment. Says curator Rachel Poliquin: “Waning Light creates an uneasy, surreal world in which nature and technology intersect. The work is disconcerting and ultimately ambiguous: what is the waning light? It is nature under pressure from ever expanding city limits; it is humans’ confidence in our dominion over nature.”

All curator talks are free with admission and start at 7 p.m. Swing by, listen in, then post your comments here.


Image credit: Planko Design

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