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Claire Rosen
The Lar Gibbon Feast - Anthropomorphic primate banana fruit meal in Thailand

2013

$6,000

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"The Lar Gibbon Feast" by Claire Rosen features a group of small lar gibbons enjoying an abundant fruit feast, including bananas, apples, oranges. These furry creatures sit poised across the table in a delightfully anthropomorphic manner, with a pair of gibbons glancing at one another in the foreground. "The Lar Gibbon Feast" comes from Rosen's "Fantastical Feasts" series, in which the artist visits various conservation and animal sanctuary sites, orchestrates a 'feast' intended for the animals, and photographs them as they surround the delicious meal made specially for them. This whimsical premise aligns with Rosen's lifelong advocacy for environmentalism and conversation. According to the artist: "The banquet is a historically defining characteristic of culture and conjures up vivid and colorful imagery, plentiful food and wine, exotic recipes, lavish presentations and glorious surroundings. The evolution of formal dining begins in the medieval era, where dining became a sign of social status. A change in society had emerged during the era of the Middles Ages when travel, prompted by the Crusades, led to a new and unprecedented interest in beautiful objects and elegant manners. This change extended to food preparation and presentation resulting in epic food arrangements with exotic colors and flavorings. Again, a boom in exploration and colonization in the Victorian Era yielded an interest in the exotic “other”, a fascination which also extended to animals and the natural world. The wealthy began to fill their houses with costly, splendid goods, their table settings became more elaborate and dining became a pageant in its own right. This series of whimsical panoramic photographs depict animals reveling around elaborate banquet tables, inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece, "The Last Supper” and by Pierre Subleyras classic painting, “The Feast in the House of Simon”. The intricate table spreads are carefully arranged, in the style of dutch still life paintings of the 17th century. The series features anthropomorphized creatures great and small; from Elephants enjoying piles of peanuts and large stacks of peanut butter sandwiches to Honeybees swarming miniature trays of nectar flowers, and many other creatures winged, hoofed and found under the sea. Some of the animals are exotic, some we see everyday. Created during extensive travel with goats from a suburb of Sarajevo in Bosnia, lar gibbons from Thailand, starfish from Norway, bison from Indiana USA, and three toed sloths found along the Amazon River in Peru to name just a few. The series utilizes the icon of the banquet and "Last Supper" to subtly encourage viewers to consider those in the animal kingdom more humanly affording them more rights and status. To see animals humanely sometimes requires us to see them as human-like. By placing animals in a setting typically reserved for humans, it raises the question of whether we may have more in common than we admit. The feasts invite the viewers to reflect on the nature of society, our relationship and responsibility to the creatures we share the planet with." A small donation from the artists profits will be made to benefit a correlating animal charity. Listed dimensions reference unframed image size. Please contact for more information,

Details

  • Creator
    Claire Rosen (1983, American)
  • Creation Year
    2013
  • Dimensions
    Height: 40 in. (101.6 cm)Width: 60 in. (152.4 cm)
  • More Editions & Sizes
    10 x 15, Edition of 35Price: $1,20020 x 30, Edition of 15Price: $3,00040 x 60, Edition of 7Price: $6,000
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  • Gallery Location
    Houston, TX
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU130927379972

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