Ralph Slatton: Animal Nature
Opening Reception: June 1, 2017 from 6 – 8 p.m.
June 2 – September 17, 2017
Ralph Slatton’s intaglio prints, notable for their raw, unbridled energy, power, and emotion, evoke at once a sense of unease and awe. His animal forms disguise some moral truth, human condition, personal dilemma, or conundrum. “It is my intention,” Ralph says, “to take the viewer down a visual and psychological rabbit hole. A place where animals wear disguises of both the strong and weak, experiencing the freedom of entrapment, and generally revel in the dark side of human foibles.”
Slatton is a professor at East Tennessee State University, where he spent nearly thirty years teaching drawing, printmaking, and comic book illustration. His works have been exhibited in galleries across the United States and around the world including Taiwan, Japan, Italy, Chile, and the United Kingdom.