Oh. My. God. Becky, look at this art. It's just so big and so small. It's just, like, opposites, like, a study in "differences in scale and color."
A vocab word you may have missed on the GRE, "Dimorphism" is a biology term referring to dual variations within a species. There are myriad examples in nature - like, for instance the brilliantly colored peacock next to his dowdy peahen, or the blinged-out, terrifying female anglerfish who makes mincemeat of her smitten weakling male counterpart.
It's like Jay-Z's face next to Beyoncé's, like Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton competing on Jeopardy!. You get the picture.
But, Plush Gallery wants you to get the art, and the best way to do that is to join them at the opening reception for "Sir Mix a Lot and the Trope of Dimorphism" on Saturday from 6:00 until 9:00 p.m.
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Of the artists in this show, Plush Gallery says:
In the world of art and culture, scale and difference is a frequent trope that is thrown around, whether it be Sir Mix a Lot, coming from rap culture, who proclaims: "I like big butts and I cannot lie", or artists such as Santa Fe's own Scuba collective, whose work consists of tiny individual paintings combined to form larger relief objects.
Others, such as Celia Eberle, create both large and small scale works coming from what literally seems like different sides of the world. Young painters like Sam England and Daniel Kurt exemplify youthful bravado in their large scale works on canvas. Conversely, artists such as Santa Fe based Brandon Behning create precious, diminutive sculptural pieces and Gordon Young, who refines the notion of small works, extending his tiny paintings horizon-like along the gallery wall.
So, wear your gold lamé booty shorts or a ten-gallon hat (or both, for a real examination in scale) and see for yourself tomorrow night at 918 Dragon Street. *Whip crack!*