Unleash your animal within

Port Phillip Leader

ART and pet lovers can have the best of both worlds at South Melbourne’s Nexus Modern Art Gallery. The exhibition, Returning to the Animal Within, combines the work of husband and wife team Gillie and Marc Schattner. On show until Thursday, visitors are allowed to bring their dogs to the exhibition which presents more than 20 paintings and firbreglass structures.

The artists want to encourage people to ‘‘start thinking more like a dog’’. ‘‘Turn off your phone, switch off Twitter, have a roll in the grass and honour the spirit of the dog to show us a better way of being a human,’’ Mrs Schattner said.

‘‘We have incorporated dog heads with human bodies to reflect the strong bond between humans and dogs; the sculptures represent man and dog as one.

‘‘We can learn a lot about love, friendship and happiness from dogs.’’

Gillie and Marc Animal Within Sculpture