Piece description from the artist
One of the latest in the artist's series of "whimsical" animals, this gibbon monkey was a resident of the Natural Science Center of Greensboro, NC. The juxtaposition of the red, plastic ball with the wild monkey (in captivity) is a stark contrast. The background of zig-zags sets the monkey apart from its surroundings in an unearthly quality. This monkey and its mate died tragically in July 2008 when they were undergoing their annual physical examinations.
Because of rapid human-caused deforestation, gibbons are an endangered species (this one is the more common white-handed gibbon, of which there are only 79,000 in the world). This particular animal and its mate were a part of a breeding program, and their death is unfortunate. They will be missed!
A self-taught artist, Scott Plaster subscribed to The Artists’ Magazine as a teenager and immersed himself in art history and technique books of a broad variety. He maintained these interests into adulthood, but did not initially pursue a career in art.
After receiving a master’s in English from Appalachian State University in 1995, Plaster began his career at IBM. From the company’s Raleigh, North Carolina, location, he led the education function for its worldwide retail division. Plaster led his team to create IBM retail’s first technology-based training courses on CD-ROM and the internet.
Most recently, Plaster and about a dozen other North Carolina artists formed an organization devoted to promoting the arts in their community. Named “The Cosmic Cow Society” after one of Plaster’s paintings, the group meets monthly to discuss, share, and present topics on art, philosophy, music, and other cultural themes. It also hosts several shows annually, which feature local North Carolina artists.