Rachelle Vasquez's lovely exhibition of animal drawings closes this weekend at Lawndale Art Center. Some may have seen Vasquez's work before, she crochets witty animal scarves for Hello Lucky; they look like a dead fox or rabbit is wrapped around your neck - but in a silly rather than a gory way.
The artist's drawings in "Where Pigeons Dare" are tinged with a gentle humor but also quite poignant. Vasquez created delicate little pencil drawings of animals that were awarded the Dickin Medal, a British Medal of Honor for animals serving the military. The image information recounts astounding feats of heroism by the likes of pigeons, dogs and horses, each memorialized in a tender and slightly goofy line drawing. It's a winning combination of text and image.
(Through January 15. Lawndale Art Center, 4912 Main Street, 713-528-5858.)
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