When: Sat., Aug. 19, 6-8 p.m. 2017
A Detroit native, Portland, Ore.-based fine artist AJ Fosik has gone on to make a name for himself in the world of contemporary fine art through his signature style of intricate, hand-carved, and surreal wooden sculptures of animal busts — making From Ripe to Rot, the artist's latest exhibition, something of a homecoming show. While Fosik's work evokes taxidermy and has an undeniable dark aspect, he describes it in a different light. "I think sometimes people mistake my work for the macabre but in fact it is the opposite," he says in a statement. "I use imagery tied to the impermanence of being in my work as a celebration of this brief time we have."