Sam Watters, Greenhouse (detail), 2005 warercoler on paper
Room Gallery continues its Emerging Artist Series with Sam Watters’ Greenhouse. Tugging at the boundaries between conceptual and pictorial art traditions, Watters’ masterfully rendered watercolors collectively represent the palindrome “Live not on evil” in topiary form. Simultaneously (and incongruously) Watters’ references the conceptualist legacies of Ed Ruscha and the pictorial legacy of botanical drawing. The work is more than mere aesthetic play, however, as such recently charged issues as human cloning, the war in Iraq, and the greenhouse effect lie just beneath the surface in a series of critical, visual puns.