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PUP ART II: Portraits of Dogs -Deborah Brown, Colt Hausman

Elmhurst Hospital Center Gallery
79-01 Broadway, Main Lobby, 718-883-2214
Queens Misc.
June 15 - July 28, 2006
Reception: Thursday, June 15, 5 - 7 PM

At the center of this exhibition are three large dog portraits painted by Deborah Brown. Highlighted against simple, monochromatic backgrounds, the dogs are shown from above or behind. The unusual perspective surprises the viewer by removing the visual cues of context and we are confronted with the animals’ lonely presence. While the artist focuses on formal aspects, we cannot escape the powerful individualism of the pets and stray animals that society neglects. In one of Brown’s paintings, a dog is finally shown with a caregiver, allowing us to contemplate its relationship to a human being. Brown is not only a painter of animals, but also a volunteer dog walker at the Humane Society of New York.

Colt Hausman, presents The Museum of Dog Art, which he created while he was studying art in Rome. Created from the dog’s point of view, his work is essentially an enlarged children’s book that cheerfully invite us into a friendly world. Hausman is a recent graduate of Rhode Island School of Design who grew up in New York City.

Celebrating the opening of PUP ART II, Animal Care and Control (AC & C) will conduct a pet adoption program in the auditorium/lobby area of the Hospital between 3:00 and 6:00 pm. Pet lovers will enjoy the on site presence of kittens, puppies, cats, and dogs available for adoption. AC & C will also provide an “ask the vet” desk for attendees concerned about their own pets or any of those awaiting adoption.
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