Humanimals consists of carved and painted human-size figures. Each piece is actually a functional cabinet-head, torso and legs open to reveal collaged interior spaces. The outsides depict common animal idioms used to describe human behavior, such as harebrained, pigheaded or bully. The insides contain information explaining how we (humans) actually treat the animals in the idioms, such as vivisection, pork factory farming and beef factory farming. Do animals really share human traits? Do humans really exhibit animal characteristics? How do these similarities and differences affect how humans view and treat other animals?
IF YOU GO
What: “Humanimals,” functional sculptural cabinets
Where: Porter Butts Gallery, second floor of Memorial Union, 800 Langdon St.
When: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily through March 21