As if Maiya—a recovering red panda cub living at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia—wasn’t already completely adorable, the bright-eyed and bushy-tailed 2-month-old has recently been photographed with a cuddly new companion: a same-species stuffed animal. In November, Amala, a beloved red panda at the zoo, gave birth to Maiya. At first, the little one was happy and healthy. Not long ago, however, she was traumatically injured while being carried in her mother’s mouth.
If you’ve ever wanted to see an artist’s interpretation of famous TV locations, look no further than Tim Doyle’s new works for Spoke Art Gallery. Called “Unreal Estate,” it’s places that we all know and love, even though they only exist in our pop culture memory. As Doyle says, “‘Some of us have been going to these places for decades – some of these places were taken from us, way too soon.”
From the famous cafe where Seinfeld and his friends would converse about “nothing,” to the bar where Homer would drown away his sorrows, these illustrations will not only provide fond memories of your favorite shows, they’ll also make you feel as though you’re looking at a piece of pop culture history.
“Last June, after the opening reception to the Quentin versus Coen show in San Francisco, the founder of Spoke Art, Ken Harman, invited me to have a solo show at his gallery later that year,” said the Austin, Texas-based artist. “I was immediately flattered – and then the fear set in. If it’s just me, not only was I looking at months of work in secret- but the success or failure of the Gallery that month was up to my ability to create and be clever.
“I initially was going to do a very diverse show with a bunch of unconnected works, essentially throwing the visual parts of my brain up on the wall and hoping people liked what they saw. But after talking to Ken for a while, he seized on a couple of ideas I had and did what a good gallery owner should do – focus his artist. This is the show that came of that.”
You can see these prints and more at Spoke Art Gallery in San Francisco starting February 2nd through February 23rd. Here’s a sneak peek at what you can expect.
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