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Don’t Fear the (Bunny) Reaper

Yes, Nerdist readers, I have interrupted my brief respite from blogging for some non-covert self promotion, but, on the other hand, it’s a fantastic tip on a show opening this week in Los Angeles at Gallery 1988 (home of “Is This Thing On?” a show which featured a portrait of a certain Mr. Hardwick).

Robert Oppenheimer paraphrased the Bhagivad Ghita when he was quoted as saying, “I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds” upon witnessing the first atomic detonation in New Mexico. Kali is the Hindu goddess of death, and one of the many faces of death that permeate every culture and religion worldwide.

However, there is one cultural visage in particular that is the focus of “Inle,” the Greg “Craola” Simkins-curated group show opening this Friday, the 11th of March. To the rabbits of “Watership Down,” Inle was the harbinger and bringer of death; to a young Simkins (profiled in an earlier Nerdist entry), he was a fountain of inspiration. “Watership Down,” for those of you not in the know, is a children’s book that was written in 1967 and later turned into an animated film; it’s a sweeping story of a small band of characters fleeing their homes and facing oppression and peril along the way. The twist: The small band of refugees are anthropomorphized rabbits, and all the supporting characters are a variety of other field animals.

Inle is the grim reaper (for lack of a better term) of the rabbits, and the fountainhead for the show. Simkins brought together over 100 artists from varying disciplines to interpret this peripheral phantom and bring him front and center. It’s an incredible line-up, one that shows the drawing power of not only the impact of the story, but of Mr. Simkins himself. In summation, we’ll use the artist’s words:

“The question is asked over and over, ‘what inspires you and your art?’- well, here is one aspect, and in my attempt to keep this story alive and in honor of Richard Adams’ timeless story, we are proud to present ‘INLE.'”


Matthew Bone

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Further info:

Friday March 11th, 2011
Gallery 1988
7020 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA.
public opening 7:00-10:00