ANIMALITY EXHIBITION

Robert Longo drawing of a tigers face, and sophisticated framing showed the tiger as regal and strong, the focus on the eyes gave a human portrait like feel to the piece, whereas in Malia Jenson's 'perfect circle' (imperfect) the cats were hard to recognise, she did this by making them dirty and having them interdependent with one another. She also had the piece on the floor which made the cats seem discarded and slightly disgusting, contrasting Longo's realistic Tiger drawing which idolised the animal by enlarging it.

Having only the tigers face meant the piece became more anthropomorphic than when one sees the animals full body, whereas it was easy to look at the cats in Jenson's piece as objects instead of representing an animal. 

For example, I discarded Longo's piece quickly because I assumed it was a photograph, not that I am against photography, but I have seen many photos depicting the face of a tiger and the pieces composition seemed oddly familiar for something I had never seen. Jenson's piece however captivated me because I was forced by the artist to crouch and look closely at the animals, and I kept walking around the piece trying to gage all it's dimensions. I had also never seen anything like it before. This exhibition has inspired me to research create something that forces a certain type of movement for the viewer, and consider further the importance of where in the room a work is located. The piece being on floor is something I really enjoyed and I may adapt in future works.

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