Wookjae Maeng: A Rooster & Hen, 2017, porcelain

Form & Concept, 435 S. Guadalupe St., 505-982-8111

Korean ceramicist Wookjae Maeng’s exhibit Balance opens Friday, Oct. 27, with a reception at  5 p.m. Maeng’s wall-mounted portraits of deer, rhinos, lions, and bighorn sheep, beautifully rendered in porcelain, call our attention to animals brought to the brink of extinction and crises in biodiversity. Hung in a trophy-like manner, they also underscore the separation between humankind and the rest of the animal kingdom. “The theme of my work is to represent the complex, ambiguous and uncomfortable relationship between man and animal,” he says.