Two bodies of work comprise Jessica Straus’s current exhibition, “Uh Oh!” Utilizing non-
potable water signage sliced to near illegibility, Straus has constructed water storage
containers that suggest an absurd, last ditch effort to hang onto humanity’s most precious
resource. Likewise her constructed blimp-like earths with geographic maps of alarming
proportions appear to be setting out on impossible quests.
With characteristic black humor, Straus launches headlong into the apocalyptic world of
water scarcity and rising seas. She makes us wonder out loud if we have to arrive at the
“End Times” to get ourselves to focus on this most critical of human issues.