The phrase force of nature implies unbounded energy and brings to mind the dangers of hurricanes, tornadoes and the rarely-seen-in-these-parts typhoon. But Mother Nature also has a softer side; shes as responsible for the gentle breezes and cool spring rains as she is for the lashing winds and deluge. Forces of Nature
, the current show at Art Saint Louis (917 Locust Street; 314-241-4810 or www.artslouis.org
), graphically portrays both the wild and mild powers of the natural world. Greg Barths digital print, Old Barn
, draws more on the stolid might of nature. A blanket of snow covers the titular barn and the surrounding ground and trees -- but a few blades of tough grass poke up through the crust, revealing the enduring power of life. Even in the dead of winter, the grass survives, albeit in a dormant state. Forces of Nature
is on display through Thursday, June 28; Art Saint Louis opens at 10 a.m. Monday through Saturday.
Mondays-Saturdays. Starts: May 19. Continues through June 28