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Brooklyn's Invisible Dog mounts a kidtastic show (slide show)

Children's book author Oliver Jeffers and jewelry maker Aaron Ruff collaborated on all the kid-inspired works in "Mulholland Hwang" at Invisible Dog.

  • Photograph: Kacy Jahanbini at biniblog.com

    "The Exploded Mind of Mulholland Hwang" at Invisible Dog

    "The Exploded Mind of Mulholland Hwang" at Invisible Dog

  • Photograph: Kacy Jahanbini at biniblog.com

    "The Exploded Mind of Mulholland Hwang" at Invisible Dog

    "The Exploded Mind of Mulholland Hwang" at Invisible Dog

  • Photograph: Kacy Jahanbini at biniblog.com

    "The Exploded Mind of Mulholland Hwang" at Invisible Dog

    "The Exploded Mind of Mulholland Hwang" at Invisible Dog

  • Photograph: Kacy Jahanbini at biniblog.com

    "The Exploded Mind of Mulholland Hwang" at Invisible Dog

    "The Exploded Mind of Mulholland Hwang" at Invisible Dog

  • Photograph: Kacy Jahanbini at biniblog.com

    "The Exploded Mind of Mulholland Hwang" at Invisible Dog

    "The Exploded Mind of Mulholland Hwang" at Invisible Dog

  • Photograph: Kacy Jahanbini at biniblog.com

    "The Exploded Mind of Mulholland Hwang" at Invisible Dog

    "The Exploded Mind of Mulholland Hwang" at Invisible Dog

  • Photograph: Kacy Jahanbini at biniblog.com

    "The Exploded Mind of Mulholland Hwang" at Invisible Dog

    "The Exploded Mind of Mulholland Hwang" at Invisible Dog

  • Photograph: Kacy Jahanbini at biniblog.com

    "The Exploded Mind of Mulholland Hwang" at Invisible Dog

    "The Exploded Mind of Mulholland Hwang" at Invisible Dog

  • Photograph: Kacy Jahanbini at biniblog.com

    "The Exploded Mind of Mulholland Hwang" at Invisible Dog

    "The Exploded Mind of Mulholland Hwang" at Invisible Dog

  • Photograph: Kacy Jahanbini at biniblog.com

    "The Exploded Mind of Mulholland Hwang" at Invisible Dog

    "The Exploded Mind of Mulholland Hwang" at Invisible Dog

  • Photograh: Kacy Jahanbini at biniblog.com

    "The Exploded Mind of Mulholland Hwang" at Invisible Dog

    "The Exploded Mind of Mulholland Hwang" at Invisible Dog

Photograph: Kacy Jahanbini at biniblog.com

"The Exploded Mind of Mulholland Hwang" at Invisible Dog

"The Exploded Mind of Mulholland Hwang" at Invisible Dog

Leave it to Invisible Dog, the experimental gallery–cum–performance space housed in a converted warehouse in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, to mount a multimedia show of work created by a ficticious 12-year-old obsessed with the notion of competition between animals. "The Exploded Mind of Mulholland Hwang" is the zany collaboration of Irish-born children's book author-illustrator Oliver Jeffers (Stuck, This Moose Belongs to Me) and Aaron Ruff, founder of the jewelry studio Digby & Iona. The two friends, who have already worked together on a line of jewelry inspired by Jeffers's storybook characters, set forth drawings that pair up seemingly random animals (a whale and a cow), then point out the strange differences between them; others that meticulously list the pros and cons of individual creatures, such as salmon; and elegantly crafted dioramas that elicit worlds that are as poetic as they are inscrutable, like a chick peering at a goldfish: a challenge, perhaps, to venture a guess as to which one is smarter, cuter, more curious. The pair's mastery of nuance in the service of mystery is unmistakenly professional, yet it's bound to speak especially to children, for whom stretches of the imagination are both expected and wholeheartedly embraced.


"The Exploded Mind of Mulholland Hwang" is on view at Invisible Dog through May 18.



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