Birds of a Different Feather
This is an art exhibition at the Oceanside Museum of Art, on display November 2021 through January 2022. It’s kind of a funny story how I ended up landing this gig: my friend Marty told me I should enter my art into a wearable art contest, so I did, and then we ended up tying for first place, and the prize was a solo exhibit at the museum. It was blind judging and there were many contestants, so it’s really a crazy coincidence that both of us were selected. Marty and I split the upstairs gallery in half and have a collaboration piece in the center.
Anyway, here’s stuff about the exhibit:
Sexual dimorphism, though prevalent in the animal kingdom, is perhaps most visually striking and recognizable in birds. Peacocks, parrots, birds-of-paradise . . . it's always the males who get all dolled up, sing, dance, and bend over backwards for a chance to prove themselves worthy of a mate.
So, what’s up, humans? When we think of fashion, beauty, and red carpet glamour, it's usually women who come to mind. Now is the time for change -- it's time for men to step it up. The modern woman doesn't just get pretty—she also gets an education and a job. So if modern man wants to keep up, he’'ll have to bring something extra to the table.
It’s time to step outside of the classic three-piece suit and into something a little more fabulous.
Each of the works presented at this exhibit is a character inspired by a species of bird. Each one tells a story. Each one dares to be different. The saying goes, that birds of a feather flock together. It’s the ones who stray from the flock -- whether in fashion, philosophy, or life -- who lead the revolution that catalyzes the much needed change in society.
For more detail on the individual works, here are the gallery pages for the four birds:
For super in-depth behind-the-scenes storytime on the creation process of this exhibit, check out the livestream interview I did with OMA: