Remember that student in high school who boycotted science class on the day of the fetal-pig dissection? If you were that kid, or are a member of PETA, you might have mixed feelings about Tempe artist Brent Adrians Poetics of Dissection exhibit and its hyper-realistic oil paintings of roasted duck breasts, dead octopuses, and jars of discarded tissue. Though meat seems an odd inspiration, Adrian says hes the latest in a long line of artists, such as Rembrandt, to use dead animal flesh as still life. I decided to start painting meat as a subject because it seemed like a really rich source of beautiful forms, textures, and colors, he explains. Plus, it guarantees hell never be a starving artist.
Catch Adrian at the free opening reception for his solo show from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, September 11.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Sept. 11. Continues through Jan. 31, 2009