Arlington Center for the Arts is a relatively new venue for me, but I’m quite happy with the space! Their latest show, “Nature/Nurture,” is focused on the relationship between humans and the natural world, something I’ve spent a lot of time exploring in the last year or two.
“Scorched Earth” focuses on an abandoned mining town as an illustration of the cost of human activity on the world around us. The mining boom of the late 1800s is a perfect example of the kind of damage a resource rush can do, when people act before fully considering the impact of their activity. Maybe it’s for the best that ruins like this still stand today, as a kind of museum to help us remember the mistakes of the past.
Hopefully I’ve captured a little of that sober warning in my piece, which you can see at the ACA (20 Academy St.) in Arlington until March 3, 2020.