Dust Might.



The art world appears to be having a memento mori moment: transience, collapse, erosion, and entropy are all themes that have recently been cropping up in shows across the city.

Mixed Greens Gallery just concluded a group show entitled End of Days that included artworks which drew on ideas of false prophecy, ecstatic apocalypse, revelation, and decadence. Before that, at Ford Project another group show entitled Heading for a Fall considered ruin head-on, while another solo show of Paul Jacobsen’s work over at Klemens Gasser and Tanja Grunert contemplated failed utopias, nostalgically anticipating civilization’s future demise. Now we have Swept Away: Dust, Ashes and Dirt in Contemporary Art and Design at the Museum of Art and Design (on through August 12), which takes detritus as a broad metaphor for ephemerality, effacement, memory, and mass consumption…….Read more here.