Kris Kanaly’s mural Galacticat is on view on the fourth floor, with the artist’s accompanying explanation:
The Galacticat (Latin: Felis galacticus) is a large, furry, herbivorous mammal found floating through the nether regions of the universe. These creatures are also referred to as “star cats” or “crystal cats” due to their massive size and attraction to the Lapis 3 Diamond crystals (L3D). These L3D crystals are prevalent in the outer regions of the “Big Bang” radiation cloud, some 13.5 billion light years away from our Gaia Planetary Observatory. The crystals are rumored to store the life-data from before the creation of time, although this has never been proven. Galacticats are born from the Nebula Mother Cloud, C6-R62K, where they inherit the responsibility of being the guardians of all unknown-knowns and known-unknowns of the universe. When kept as a pet, Galacticats are docile and provide loving companionship for humanoids. Bestowed with a plethora of knowledge, they can provide their companions with a wealth of intelligence. Through religious digestions of L3Ds, the cat enters a state of blitzed bliss, where downloads from the Pleiadian Universal Atheneum are delivered directly into the cerebral cortex.
Viewers are invited to put on Observation Goggles (3-d glasses) in order to see Specimens A and B. The artist’s text reads as follows:
The Observer’s Effect is a quantum physics phenomenon, in which the very act of simple observation will manipulate the subject being observed. As one will see, when Galacticat and its specimens are observed wearing the Gaia Planetary Observation Goggles, the subject will suddenly shift and occupy two separate dimensions in space, simultaneously.
Specimen A: Hair Follicles at 100x zoom
Specimen A is an image of hair follicles from a Galacticat at 100x zoom. As you will observe, the hair is duplicating itself in real-time. The mystic hair follicles can self-replicate and propagate asexually, populating far-reaching galaxies – making it virtually impossible to clean up all of the hair from a Galacticat. The specimen is on display courtesy of the Gaia Planetary Observatory Biobank.
Specimen B: Lapis 3 Diamonds (L3D)
These mysterious crystals are theorized to have birthed at the moment of the Big Bang, emerging from the dust of the radiation cloud. They are rumored to carry all life-data from before space-time zero-point readings. Galacticats possess a special ability to access the data embedded inside the L3D crystals. The specimen is on display courtesy of the Gaia Planetary Observatory Biobank.
Kristopher Kanaly is an artist and muralist from Oklahoma City. With an extensive family history in the arts hailing back to his great grandfather’s Colonial Art Gallery established in 1919, Kanaly grew up in a family of artists, art collectors, art dealers and graphic designers. This influence propelled him into a career of art and graphic design with a heavy focus on street art in his early years. Kanaly’s work has received popularity through multiple awards, publications and books, and is regularly licensed by national retailers like Vans and Warby Parker. His artwork is frequently on exhibit with various regional galleries, as well as numerous outdoor murals and street art applications across the U.S. and Canada. In 2015, he was inducted into the Google Cultural Institute for his public art contributions to the state of Oklahoma. Kanaly founded the Oklahoma Mural Syndicate in 2017, a nonprofit dedicated to advocating, curating and funding public art, and is the lead curator for the Plaza Walls mural project, Oklahoma City’s premier outdoor gallery.
Kanaly’s work can be classified as ultra flat abstractions of landscapes with otherworldly themes. Utilizing high contrasting colors and collaging together simple shapes to create worlds that appear to be ready to step into and digital.