Walton Ford seems to be everywhere these days and now he has a new exhibition at the Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York from May 8th to July 3rd. I can’t wait to see his amazing watercolors up close.
According to the press release, Ford’s work depicts animals embodying degrees of personification in the context of isolated historical events with meticulous detail. Transient moments recalled in Ford’s work comment on, in his words, “the cultural history of our relationship with animals.”
“Ford is especially interested in the perceptions of animals by humans as evidenced by documentation. After researching specific stories, Ford offers his interpretation—sometimes exaggerating the animal’s supposed humanness and in other instances, stripping the animal of imposed metaphors, and thereby restoring the candor of the animal’s bestial state. “
Of course, Walton Ford’s work is often compared to the work of artist, John J. Audubon, one of Ford’s many influences, but I don’t think Audubon could ever have dreamed up anything as interesting as Ford’s menagerie. Definitely check it out if you are in New York.