Rather than focusing on the likenesses and personalities of their subjects, the artists in Feed Your Head distort the human or an anthropomorphized visage to examine political, familial, and moral issues. To trace the development of non-specific portraiture, the show includes two 20th-century artists, three artists whose careers span the 20th and 21st centuries, and three artists whose careers are maturing in the 21st-century.
Jason Fox creates part-human part-ape cyborgs which inhabit a similarly hybrid world made up of both prehistoric and futuristic elements. Scott Grodesky, uses reverse perspective to examine domestic scenes in which children and parents take turns at being demanding giants and tyrannical dwarfs. Daniel Davidson draws heads floating in an indeterminate space that are meditations on the path not taken – what the artist might have become had he not become an artist. A lithograph by Ivan Albright (1897-1983) is typical of his exploration of human morality and the ephemeral nature of life. Pavel Tchelitchew’s (1898 -1957) drawing of a girl’s head evinces the trademark distortion of his best known surrealist works in which he portrayed the body turned inside out. Peter Saul offers art world commentary with his study of an artistic dog. Carroll Dunham draws raucous heads looking to confront someone or something over some unknown issue. And Charles Burns draws an anthropomorphized worm who regards the viewer with alarm.