The title Entropvisions is in homage to my mother, the poet and art critic, Harriet Zinnes. In 1990 New Directions published a collection of her poems titled Entropisms, a word she made-up combining entropy - the tendency toward disorder - and tropism - the growth towards or away from a stimulus. Similarly, my short reviews combine entropy and tropism by suggesting growth towards a vision of art from the chaos of the art world.

"Art from The Edge"
2022.1.3
Just before it closed for the holidays I was able to see Art from The Edge, an exhibition celebrating our natural world and warning of its demise due to human activity. Curated by Marcia Annenberg, the show included quite a few artists. Most memorable to me were the three whose work I've posted here. The small icons by Angela Manno - painted with traditional icon technique, including the use of gold - were particularly moving. In each icon Angela focuses her love on one species critically threatened for extinction. Much as the traditional icon asked us to trust and rely on the depicted saint, these animals, with their almost human expressions and gorgeous brushwork and color, beg us to recognize their critical roles in the life of our only planet. With traditional icons the saint saves us. In these endangered species icons we are asked to save the species. Angela so much believes in the animals that she donates 50% of her sales to the Center for Biological Diversity. Also shown in my post are the large tiled murals by Lois Bender and Marcia Annenberg , both of whose work I think is self-explanatory.

Angela Manno

Angela Manno

Angela Manno

Angela Manno

Angela Manno

Lois Bender

Marcia Annenberg