Authors often write about topics that most directly concern them – be it a person, location, or zeitgeist that grips them. Lately, authors gravitate towards the environment, and increasingly in dystopian novel form.
Art in all forms has begun to ruminate on environmental resources, and this rumination includes water at the forefront of thought. This makes sense – water is key to life in many ways. We need to consume water, but we also use water for hygienic and recreational purposes.
Bladerunner 2049 (for those of the film persuasion) or Pierce Brown’s Red Rising series (for those of the nerd persuasion) feature air showers in lieu of water. Showers with air, because in these futuristic societies water has become a resource only for the rich when not for consumption (and surely then, even at a premium).
Shades of Water is The Montalbán’s meditation on water: a needed and present resource for life (and livelihood).
Shades of Water is a group show that honors water as omnipresent and essential to modern society. Not in a foreboding or reprimanding way, but vis a vis depictions of water in our everyday lives.
In particular, Daggi Wallace’s work caught my eye. Wallace has a beautiful hand and finished product (at an incredibly reasonable price I might add). Wallace also achieves classic social portraiture but with a 21st-century subject.
Shades of Water is being exhibited at The Montalbán from November 16, 2018 to January 31, 2019.
This group show is curated by Baha H Danesh, and partners with an annual Toy Drive benefiting MEND Poverty. While this exhibition is enjoyable and thoughtful, it’s made even more special since it benefits a volunteer organization with a holistic approach to ending poverty.
1615 Vine St.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
November 16, 2018 – January 31, 2019
Amabelle Aguiluz, Artist
Barbara A. Thomasonn
Eric Minh Swenson
Karen Hochman Brown
Kellie Thomas-Walker Artist
Students of Birmingham Community Charter High School
Susan Poms Amorde
Winston M. Secrest