The title of Lee Arts Center’s show, “Nature’s Grasp,” is openended. The work is not. Our environment is under assault in most of these prints, which feature skulls, skeletons, airborne bombers and other foreboding motifs. Joseph Velasquez’s modern-day Atlas supports an Earth on which the U.S. is aflame. In Dylan Goldberger’s vegan vision, animals often eaten by humans instead dine on them. Steven Munoz’s seemingly bucolic vision of bees and flowers is titled “Monsanto Is the Devil.”
There are nearly as many styles as there are artists, but most of the 18 contributors have an affinity for pop art, edgy comics and the sharply incised lines of woodblocks and scratchboards. These can be employed to depict both sickness and healing, as in Jun Lee’s thematically bisected print of a toxic city growing into a tree that flourishes, upside-down, beneath it. According to this juxtaposition, it may still be possible to flip the script.
Nature’s Grasp On view through May 31 at Lee Arts Center, 5722 Lee Hwy., Arlington. 703-228-0560. arlingtonarts.org /venues/lee-artscenter.aspx.