Squirrels as Art: Mario Ybarra Jr’s Black Squirrel Society

Super-cool L.A. artist Mario Ybarra Jr’s most recent work is inspired by my favorite squirrel, the black squirrel. His latest exhibition, Black Squirrel Society, is on display at the Lehmann Maupin Gallery in Chelsea (Manhattan, NY). It’s urban, it’s hip and it’s squirrels. What’s not to love?

In an interview with ArtInfo.com, Ybarra explains why he focused on squirrels:

“Last summer, … Ybarra encountered a black squirrel on the street and was immediately struck by its unusual color. Growing up in L.A., he says, he never imagined that anything like a black squirrel could exist. … Ybarra began to fantasize about a [record] label with the black squirrel as its emblem, and eventually he decided to make it into a full-scale art project.

The squirrels even have a theme song, a dance number composed by Ybarra called “Paws Down, Tails Up.” There is, of course, more than a dash of tongue-in-cheek humor to all of this. As Ybarra puts it, “It’s funny to think of a bad-ass little squirrel.”

To see his bad-ass work, go to the Lehman Maupin Gallery’s site.

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