Ok yes that was me standing at the window yesterday with a slingshot, firing wine corks at a squirrel. To be clear A) I was aiming over his furry little head, B) I never hit him, C) I totally dig squirrels, D) I totally dig my figs too, and E) completely un-phased by the barrage of corks sailing over his noggin, he sat just out of reach and calmly ate a fig to taunt me.
I know I don’t stand a chance against these characters — they’ve been around forever. Have you seen the prehistoric saber-toothed squirrel?
No wait, that’s not the right one… this one!
Hang on, that’s not right either — that is an actual Protosciurus or “first squirrel” from the fossil beds in Oregon, but it’s not much to look at. I was actually thinking about these toothy little buggers, the Saber-toothed squirrels who lived in Argentina 220 million years ago.
Take the figs! Take all the figs you want! Truth be told, even though they keep calling it a “saber-toothed squirrel” apparently it’s not actually a squirrel. (Just as well.) Lest you be in danger of having any squirrel nightmares, gaze at this for a moment…
Ah, all better now. My own ode to squirrel coolness, “Nutz,” will be on display at “Awakened,” a show curated by Alix Sloan and on view at AFA Gallery in NYC. It started out a bit like this —
And ended up like this —
The show opens Sept. 20th and a portion of every sale goes to Adopt-A-Pet in support of their mission to find loving homes for homeless pets. There’s a great roster of artists involved with this show, including a live auction of hard to find prints, and you can read all about it right here.
“Awakened”, AFA Gallery, opening Sept. 20th 5-8pm, 54 Greene St. in Soho, NYC. Because a large turnout is expected, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you think you’ll be dropping by.