California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks -- Kevin Sloan: "A Collection of Rarities"

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Check out California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks' inaugural exhibition at its new home at the Oaks. Step away from your everyday routine and venture into the mysterious Collection of Rarities created by American contemporary surrealist painter Kevin Sloan. Known for his allegorical realism -- a form of storytelling that eschews a literal message in favor of the surreal -- Sloan examines the dynamic, often precarious, relationship between the natural and man-made worlds through lush, large-scale tableaus. His subjects -- most often animals -- interact in unusual ways with every day objects: an elephant balances on a tightrope; a deer is depicted in a decorative pattern reminiscent of fine china; a bird rests precariously on a house of cards. Though the subject matter sparks immediate recognition, the enigmatic meaning lingers in the observer’s mind. Curated by Lynn Farrand, CMATO Senior Curator, and Tish Greenwood, CMATO Executive Director, A Collection of Rarities is dedicated to the Conejo Valley, inspired in part by a former landmark. Jungleland, the exotic animal park which operated from the late 1920s to 1969 on the property where the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza now stands, gave early residents of Thousand Oaks the opportunity to visit with elephants, turtles, swans, camels, tigers, lions and many more animals from the wild kingdom while enjoying hippopotamus drinking fountains, mechanical swan boats and 75-cent elephant rides. Now, 50 years since Jungleland closed its facilities, CMATO is bringing a collection of wildlife to back to the community -- albeit only in the imagination. And now, thanks to Kevin Sloan, an empathetic message of conservation and coexistence is an important element of our understanding of the natural world that surrounds us.

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