Felix the cat, Fritz the cat, Top Cat, Garfield, Tom, The Booted Cat…and so on. Literature, comics and tv series are full of famous cats. I’ve just listed some of them, but there are many others. And all treated as protagonists of the stories they are in. Think to the 2013 Internet Cat Video Festival if you need more elements to think about it.
But what about cats becoming art models? What about Cat Art Show? It happens in Los Angeles. Well.. it will happen in Los Angeles (6205 Santa Monica Blvd), on January 25th 2014. From that day over 50 globally recognized artists will try to figure out how felines and canvas can find a way to become friends.
And if we have to judge by the names of the artists there’s no doubt the event is very fascinating. Here’s the list of the partecipants to Cat Art Show 2014: Alan Aldridge, Anita Kunz, Antony Micallef, Bovey Lee, Brandon Boyd, Britt Ehringer, Buff Monster, Christian Guémy (C215),Charlotte Dumas, Christian Furr, Clayton Brothers, Dana Veraldi, Daniel Maidman, Diane Hoeptner, FAILE, Fedele Spadafora, Frank Stefanko, Gary Baseman, Guy Denning, Heather Mattoon, HUSH, Ingrid Allen, Jamie Fales, Jenny Parks, Jonathan Gent, Jonathan Yeo, Joshua Petker, JOW, Justin Bower, Justin Mortimer, Katherine Streeter, Kathleen Melian, Ken Solomon, Kevin Earl Taylor, Kimberly Brooks, Langley Fox, Larissa Bates, Lisa Borgnes Giramonti, Liz Markus, Luke Chueh, Ly Quan, Marc Dennis, Marion Peck, Martin Eder, Mattia Biagi, Melinda Lerner, Mercedes Helnwein, Misako Inaoka, Michael Wolf, Natalia Fabia, Nicholas Chistiakov, Nicholas Bowers, Noel Fielding, Paul Sahre, Rachel Schlueter, Ray Caesar, Rebecca Urias, Rob Reger, Robert Standish, Ryan Metke, Sage Vaughn, Scott Stulen, Steve Schapiro, Tim Biskup, Tracey Emin, Vera Iliatova.
The idea of the curator of this exhibition is Susan Michals (co-curator is Daniel Salin, who produced Banksy’s 2006 Barely Legal show in Los Angeles, as well as numerous shows with globally recognized artists like VHILS, JR, Antony Micallef, FAILE, and Mr. Brainwash). Her goal is to give birth to a contemporary examination of the psychology, inspiration, and physical impact of cats in our lives. Felines are not only part of a family but also muse and inspiration for many people who expresses talent through art.
Even in the past, brilliant minds as Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Pablo Picasso generated masterpieces centered around the figure of the cat, using them not only for showing elegance or malice or other features. A cat is always considered a symbol of independence, curiosity, mistery. We don’t have to forget that in Egypt cats were treated like royalty and were always given special privileges.
But if you want to go deepen, just wait for a while and see what will happen in some weeks in Los “Cat” Angeles!