Fort Worth Community Arts Center presents Ariel Bowman: "Wondrous Creatures" opening reception
Ariel Bowman makes sculptures of prehistoric animals that represent the wonder to be found in natural history. Bowman is intrigued by animals that evolved with distinct features, such as unfamiliar tusks, strange elongated limbs, and unusual proportions. He uses clay to bring these extinct creatures back to life, sculpting folds of flesh and filling their bellies with air.
The picturesque aesthetic of the 18th century refers to a time when our relationship to nature was being expanded by scientific discoveries, yet separated by the disappearance of wild places. Each scene that the artist creates is a fantasy inspiring curiosity about the unknown animal, while nourishing the imagination of the viewer with intricate details. Mysterious giants wander through palatial ruins, discovering the overgrown remains of monuments to human greatness. Moss and vines cover the fossils of civilization and show the effects of time in their decay.
Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on view through September 26.