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START Gallery | Courtney Wagner | A Pawn and A King

March 10-22

Opening March 10

Toys, carousels, and circus tricks; we have been conditioned from a young age that animals, and the idea of them, are at our disposal. A Pawn and a King works to dissect the role of cruelty in the Entertainment Industry and shed light on the unnatural power dynamic that is all too present in our world: Animals exist for us. Through recognizable childhood imagery, I meld plastic and flesh, synthetic and real, to bring forth similarities in the treatment of animals in society with their man-made counterparts. These works begin to peel back the layers of manipulation, coercion, and confinement that plague this flashy but costly industry.


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