Among the many events that Hurricane Irma threw a wrench in were the opening receptions of concurrent exhibits at the Morean Arts Center. They were rescheduled and actually happened last week, but the Morean keeps regular hours, so you have a chance to see the three exhibitions currently on display:
The Morean describes this show as "two artists probing the analogous and infinitely related structures of our universe, from the microcosmic to the macrocosmic." So you'll have to see it to find out how they do that.
Hammond takes an anthropological approach to exploring evidence of human presence in man-made environments, through first-hand observation of poverty culture, like the juxtaposition of the trailer park inside Chartres Cathedral, pictured.
Urso's paintings, drawings and collages manipulate space.
Admission to the Morean is free and hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. 719 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. moreanartscenter.org.
Ashley Gilliam's exhibition "Dysgeusia," which opens Saturday at Tempus Projects, puts humans in the place of animals enduring factory farming. The term dysgeusia refers to an alteration or distortion in one's sense of taste. A poignant title for a series of paintings that are rather graphic (which is why only a detail of the paintings are provided) and bound to make the viewer feel uncomfortable. And that's really the point, isn't it? By imagining how it would feel to be in the animal's place, empathy is inevitable. Such thought-provoking art has the potential to change behavior. The free opening reception happens from 7-9 p.m. at 4636 N Florida Ave, Tampa. tempus-projects .com.