work by Ross Normandin & Roger Buttles
It was bitter cold outside but bright and colorful in our gallery last First Friday's! Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate Hilary Irons and Adam Eddy with us.
Both predator and prey have a tendency to develop camouflage that is adapted to their environs. Their very bodies become abstracted reflections; skintight maps of where they live, eat, sleep. Remove the creature from its native land and the once harmonious patterns become garish; clashing with new and unfamiliar patterns. An advantage dissolved into liability, the decorated surface advertises the vulnerable status of an outsider.
The works by Hilary Irons and Adam Eddy share elements of landscape and the markings of beasts and humankind; the titular hunter could be either. Are we hiding from an ominous gaze or afflicted with pareidolia, conjuring patterns and imagining threats where none exist?
The artworks here are designed for pleasure. Some pieces are warm and like to be picked up, and would really love to ease your sore back muscles. Others relish in their own pleasure-seeking behaviors, and are less interested in making you feel good. Creature Comforts is a show-environment exploring attraction, embodied cognition, the intersection of technology and comfort, and the therapeutic possibilities of objects.