The static works of art in this exhibition incorporate the use of taxidermy forms and museum cabinets and mounts. Stout's hilarious encased sculpture "Squirrel Death Masks" has the formal presence of a zoological display case and the bizarre contents of a carnival side show exhibit. The mounted plastic animal noses lining the outer wall of the gallery are painted with bronze powder, each mounted on identical wooden plaques and painted in hues of different color. The application of motion in Stout's kinetic sculptures are very specific to his subjects; flies hover over a head mouse and a butterfly, having landed on an apple, flutters its wings. Kinetic art is a 20th century artform, one that has, in spite of its many manifestations, tended to study motion in more abstracted forms. Exhibit held in the Street Level Gallery space.
Kinetic, taxidermy, natural history, anthropomorphism, Salt Lake Art Center