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Remember the Future 

When: Sept. 21-Nov. 3 2013
Crystal Morey said she feels intense empathy for animals — a sentiment that comes through in her solo show, Remember the Future, now on view at the Compound Gallery (1167 65th St., Oakland). Aiming to highlight how humans destroy animal habitats, Morey’s sculptures merge human and animal forms, materializing our inter-species codependence. Pensive clay figures cloaked in the coats of extinct and endangered animals make up the majority of her works. They sit, helplessly and solemnly, signifying a duality that seems doomed. But indications of a lingering faith permeate the works. In the show’s central piece, a woman sits atop a blackbuck with her hands in prayer position; rows of animal-hooded human heads hang on a nearby wall in an allusion to an altar of saints that Morey saw in Venice. She merges these notions of worship with inspiration drawn from Egyptian sarcophagi and the totem poles of indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest. In doing so, Morey addresses the evolution of a volatile relationship in which animals have fallen from divine to endangered.
— Sarah Burke

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