Paintings of people going about their daily lives as a massive tornado approaches. The works by Pasadena-based artist John Brosio illustrates a disconnect between ordinary folks and the forces of nature and "the wider that gap gets, the funnier everything seems to be." His canvases fuse dark humor and a dose of awe that makes the paintings memorable.
The tornado for me represents a perfect blend of mythology and science. It is easy to imagine it alive and unpredictable, to view it as a god or agent thereof. One sees this mile high banshee choosing certain targets and skipping others like a jittery reaper with sound and mannerisms so evocative of a living entity that the mind wanders to create or discover a sense of purpose for its existence.
Witnessing its birth, entire life, death, and interim behavior leaves me feeling privy to the life of an animal greater than us—the footfall of a giant. And after all the wonder and speculation, it is in the end, like myself, just a mass of animated dust.