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Estudio Mitl: ANÍMALES

Estudio Mitl Estudio Mitl

Mazatl, Extinction #21 (detail)

linocut, no date, 38 x 74 cm, courtesy of the artist, Photo: Blaine Campbell

Kill Choy, from Prisoners of Domestication (detail)

carved balsawood, 2017-2018, 14 cm diameter each, courtesy of the artist, Photo: Blaine Campbell

Estudio Mitl: ANÍMALES 
March 27-May 29, 2018
McGill Library | 4595 Albert Street

The Burnaby Art Gallery is pleased to introduce work by Kill Choy and Maztl, partners in Mexico City’s Estudio Mitl as part of our 2018 exhibition program. Together Choy and Maztl have created and published many print editions and have completed a variety of mural commissions situated throughout Mexico. The state of the environment and mankind’s relationship to nature are recurring themes in their work.

For this exhibition Kill Choy has contributed her recently completed series of animal totems, homage to the many animals that are bred as food sources. Choy refers to these animals as prisoners of domestication.

Choy’s partner Maztl has chosen six works from his ongoing Extinction series to represent his work. Begun in 2012, these linocuts depict animals whose environments have been changed by man’s encroachment, affecting their populations in the wild. The consistent format of each print accentuates how unique each species is and the expressionistic cutting of the linoleum lets the viewer see how urgent Maztl feels the situation has become.