This tension is apparent in Wainwright’s The Ecoshaman Walkabout Project, a group of vivid expressionist patchwork robes that visitors are invited to put on before going out into the community to strike up conversations about the threat of global warming. They’re decorated with images of endangered species — tricolored heron, African elephant, Panamanian golden frog — rendered in a style that seems a mix of African tribal art and Eric Carle. They feel a bit fussy in the gallery, but in photos of Wainwright and pals wandering the Back Bay got up in the things, the robes are transformed into magnetic Technicolor billboards. How could you see people dressed like that in Boston and not wonder what they’re all about?
: Museum And Gallery
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