Anatomy of Hope, a collection of mixed media paintings
Warner K. Varno
1 February – 28 February 2019
From a moment of deep compassion for the people in Japan during the 2011 Tsunami and Earthquake to the 2016 US Election to here and now in 2019, Warner, like many artists feels a pressing desire, even necessity to create artwork that adds beauty and joy to our lives while appreciating the struggle that all living things grapple with in the face of change.
Warner often chooses to use bird images to signify the living worlds relationship to its environment, how crucial that relationship is and how vulnerable all living things are to changes in their environment. It is easy to see how a delicate bird is susceptible to changes in its environment, but it is much more challenging to see that same relationship for the top of the food chain, human beings.
Creating a "bone garden" of sorts and through use of paints and graphic line, Warner weaves a tapestry of imagery that also includes human anatomy and botanical images to illustrate and explore this relationship, while creating a mysterious and veiled story, sometimes personal, sometimes universal that ultimately celebrates this struggle to achieve balance and wholeness and retain a feeling of hope despite the challenges that lie ahead.
11am – 3pm, Thursday– Saturday
6pm – 9pm, First Fridays