Visual Art News - Criticism: June 2011 Archives
L.A., you're in for a treat. Madison-based artist Jennifer Angus is currently exhibiting at the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles. Angus' show, "All Creatures Great and Small," runs through Sept. 11, 2011. Her main medium? Bugs, and lots of 'em.
Angus is one of a number of Wisconsin artists doing intriguing work that bridges art, science and the natural world (others include Martha Glowacki, whose long-running installation at the Milwaukee Art Museum, "Loca Miraculi / Rooms of Wonder," is a must-see.)
Angus, who teaches textile design at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is fascinated by patterns and the cultural meanings they convey. As she told me in a 2007 interview for Isthmus, "Pattern is a sophisticated, wordless language which we understand regardless of learning or awareness."
Her unusual medium is beautiful, colorful, and walks a fine
line between mesmerizing and repellent (at least for many of us raised in
bug-phobic cultures). She re-uses her
specimens from one installation for the next.
This was my favorite quote from our chat: "The bugs are very individual. I'll be
putting a weevil on the wall [during an installation], and I'll be like, 'I
If you're near L.A., don't miss her show.