“For the Love of Dog” Brings Canine Art Into the Limelight
The exhibition, which doubled as an adoption event on Saturday, features art far beyond your usual “Dogs Playing Poker” scenes.
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If you’re the kind of person who only wants to go to an art exhibition if it involves dogs, well, then, you’re our kind of person. And we’ve got the perfect art rec for you. On Saturday, Hashimoto Contemporary in Los Angeles just opened For The Love Of Dog, “a new exhibition featuring art toasting lifelong relationships between (hu)man and dog.” The best news about this event — highly curated for dog lovers everywhere and featuring more than 30 artists — is that Hashimoto is presenting it in partnership with the LA-based nonprofit Wags and Walks.
Arts and culture publication Juxtapoz says the following about some of the works you can find at this exhibition: “Erin Armstrong’s poised and posed pups take on an air of their owners’ elegance, while Joey Wolf’s wrinkly gray bulldog lazes on a pink couch, licking his lips, her belly on display...Thomas Martinez attempts to keep a dog away from his ceramic chicken bones by discarding them under a tufted tree; Laura Noguera illustrates a woman crying a puddle of tears for her dog to drink, still caring for it even after they are gone.”
Most works feature dogs (or sometimes just a paw or a snout) in various mediums, including oil, acrylic, ceramic — each with a different take on pup parenthood.
The opening reception on Saturday doubled as an adoption event with the org, where people could come view the art, as well as the adoptable dogs. The exhibit, which runs through Saturday, September 9, features some of The Wildest’s favorite artists, including Katie Kimmel and Lorien Stern.
Kimmel, whose work includes sculptures, furniture, graphic apparel, and home goods, spoke with The Wildest in January 2022 about her work, which is very much inspired by her two Chihuahuas, Pony and Muffin; Saint Bernard, Boss; and a tortoise named Joey. She makes custom art of other people’s pets, too, and three of those ceramic vases are featured in the Hashimoto show.
“Daytona Peppers and her beautiful children Puppy Elmer and Princess Almond <3”, the artist wrote of her ceramics.
When she spoke with us last year, she told us about her process as she incorporates real-life dogs into her work — and how she featured her own at her wedding.
“The customs are the job part of my art process, but I definitely make a lot of sculptures of my dogs for gallery purposes and also personal. My wedding was a big making-art-about-my-dogs outlet. I’ve got a disco ball of my dog Pony’s head right now that I’m not quite sure what to do with, but it was a lot of fun.”
“It’s always a really funny, happy parade that’s going through the house and workplace at all times.”
What Pony, Muffin, and Boss can’t live without.
“I think the relationship between a woman and her animal companion can build out a character a lot — they’re more like witches’ familiars than pets.”
A rendering of your dog? Art doesn’t get finer.
As Portlandia taught us, everything’s better with a bird on it. Or a cat. Or a dog.
“I was like, ‘How can I draw myself without drawing my actual self?’ We have this sort of symbiotic relationship — he’s become this character that I’m able to explore things through...”
Hilary Weaver is the senior editor at The Wildest. She has previously been an editor at The Spruce Pets, ELLE, and The Cut. She was a staff writer at Vanity Fair from 2016 to 2019, and her work has been featured in Esquire, Refinery 29, BuzzFeed, Parade, and more. She lives with her herding pups, Georgie and Charlie.