Of all the Seattle galleries, Greg Kucera in Pioneer Square has usually mounted the most ambitious and challenging group shows. Ambitious, in terms of the number and geographical reach of the works, and challenging, in terms of tackling tough issues. Past exhibits have had as their focus subjects like sex, life in Black America, and the relationship of text and image. The current show, Sweet and Wild — Animals in Contemporary Art, continues the tradition, and as might be expected, the treatment of our furry and feathered friends is not of the warm and cuddly variety. Here with our review is KUOW art critic, Gary Faigin.
It’s a well-known fact that the sight of faces with big eyes and small noses, like that of a human baby, triggers a powerful nurturing impulse. That effect also attracts us to animals like rabbits and cats. Cute and lovable, yes; murderous, no.