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March Into The Sea

When: Dec. 6-Jan. 22 2011

Ecological crisis may make for depressing headlines, but assuming that Adam Smith's invisible hand will save us is just more free-market-fundamentalist folly. Crystal Morey, who believes that "new beginnings … are necessary, whether desired or not," examines the water cycle in her new sculptures, but - don't change that channel! - so subtly that even warming-deniers may unwittingly benefit, such is the sly power of art. Her heroines in their tiny worlds (earthen clouds covered with water and verdure) warn us of both the perils of heedlessness (the Hindu Dark Mother goddess Kali in "World Aflame" and the clear-cut hillsides in "Log Voyage: Darkness Can't Come Soon Enough") and, alternatively, of model green living (as symbolized in the egg-shaped nest and tomb, respectively, in "Ground Voyage: Winter for a Year" and "Dig Here and You Will Find the Heart"). Are we men or are we lemmings? March Into the Sea runs through January 22 at Rowan Morrison (330 40th St., Oakland). 510-384-5344 or

DeWitt Cheng

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