|Animal Instinct: The Photographs of Daniel Lee, curated by David S. Rubin, The Brown Foundation Curator of Contemporary Art, San Antonio Museum of Art, 2011-12|
The room that Animal Instinct was set up in was small with the seven installations making up the exhibit hung simply on the walls, leaving a large chunk of awkward open space in the center of the room next to the elevator. Despite that minor flaw I noticed, David Rubin (curator for this exhibit) did a very clean job of presenting Lee's collection of digitally enhanced photographs.
Animal Instinct (at SAMA from September 3, 2011 until February 19, 2012) has been growing since 1993 up through 2010. In the collection, Lee questions the relationship between animals and humans. With imaginative photography and computer editing, he has created his own anthropomorphic creatures that explore just how closely we resemble certain animals.
|"Animal Instincts: Photographs of Daniel Lee", San Antonio Museum of Art, 2011-2012|
Following these two images was a five minute digital animation on continuous loop showing the evolution of man from a fish form, titled Origin (1999-2003). The screen is a bit tucked away into a darkened corner of the room, but it definitely helps draw the viewer in and once you realize the minor transformations on the screen, you can't help but be compelled to stand and watch the entire five minutes in the secluded corner.
|Daniel Lee, Origin, digital animation on continuous loop, 1999-2003|
|Daniel Lee, Nightlife, ink jet on vinyl, 2001|
Overall I really enjoyed Lee's exhibition of Animal Instinct. David Rubin did a wonderful job setting up the imagines in a way that gives the viewer variety that keeps them interested to see more. It is a wonderful addition to SAMA's vast collection of artifacts and definitely gives the audience a different taste of art work.