The Art of Climate Change

By John Thomason – September 13, 2019   Aphoristically, rising tides may lift all boats. Literally, however, rising tides are slowly but methodically disrupting our ecosystem to the point of irreversible peril. Climate change, a distant concern for previous generations, has been a four-alarm fire for more recent cohorts. It’s only natural that artists, especially in…

Down the Rabbit Hole

By John Thomason – September 13, 2019   Jeanne Jaffe is not an artist who was weaned on popular culture. And yet her sculptures and installations, on display through May 29 at Arts Warehouse, can feel like models for Sesame Street rejects, or extras from the “Star Wars” cantina scene, or Tim Burton creatures just waiting to…

Nature Blooms at Arts Warehouse

By John Thomason – March 21, 2019 In art, is a plant ever just a plant, a flower just a flower? I suppose the answer is sometimes yes—the bouquet still-life on the wall of the dentist’s office, the floral landscape at the flea market. But for me, the best plant art evokes stranger things, deeper…

At Arts Warehouse, Home is Where the Art Is

By John Thomason  – January 11, 2019   Houses, apartments, trailers, pools and playgrounds are places humans inhabit, but they’re also the sum of their blueprints: plaster and water, metal and plywood, right angles and canted angles, horizontal sprawls and vertical towers.   Carmen Smith is a painter, and Robert Fehre is a photographer, but…