A reception will be held for this exhibition on Friday March 9, from 6 to 8 PM.
The City of New York is teeming with 8.5 million human inhabitants who clog the sidewalks, jam into subway cars and generally crowd each other for space. Filling in the voids of these multitudes live millions of other creatures. Some take up residence in the airshafts of buildings, underground burrows, holes in trees, inside walls, while others just live in plain sight on our beds and couches. These are the beasts of New York.
Some of these animals lie hidden, such as in the photographs of Tuan Bui, in whose dense landscapes hide alley cats. The photographs of Catherine Quayle show pigeons flying free as if into the sun, but looking closer, we realize that these birds live indoors. Some animals have very close bonds with people, as depicted by Kaarina Roberts and Jessica Chen, whose photos show respectively, twin beribboned Yorkies and a terrier mix in mini sneakers, all dressed as if dear children.
Other animals portrayed include Joseph Michael Lopez’s mighty pigeon over Roosevelt Island, Paul Kessel’s laughing gulls in Coney Island, Ardith Bondi’s raccoon carrying her kit, Pete Deevakul’s kestrels, Michael Anton’s goats on Staten Island, Andrew Garn’s Asian long-horned beetle study, along with found photographs of the Westminster Dog Show.