The blue pill
If one pill makes you larger, and one pill makes you smaller, you’ll feel like you’ve swallowed the latter when you look at Mary Warner’s “Blue.” Part of Warner’s Flower Power exhibit of new paintings on velvet, canvas and paper, “Blue” pulls you underwater where you’re suddenly smaller than the typically diminutive sea flora towering over you. Luminous and alive, the plant life glistens through the black-velvet depths of the concave canvas, all-enveloping. Accompanying this exhibit, which runs until April 23, are prints pulled at the Bay Area’s Kala Art Institute. Kazuko Watanabe’s multicolored etching “Sky Sequence: Perching on Reflection” offers an eastern take on pennies from heaven. Discs dropping down through layers of cloud and other textural spaces reveal a dynamic passage to another, more physical, world. See it all at JayJay, located at 5520 Elvas Avenue. For more information, call (916) 453-2999.