Jessica Straus: Uh Oh!

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.