8. Jonathan Saiz, The Deep End, Leon Gallery, November 18 through January 7, 2017
Jonathan Saiz confirmed our worst fears as 2016 closed out on a particularly ugly and impolite political note: The world is, for sure, coming to an end. He’s not a partisan, just a keen observer of humanity’s willingness to recklessly and selfishly screw itself. His creations for this show, assembled from 9,000 little paintings packed in tiny plastic boxes, go to very dark places but always seem to squeeze out a bit of optimism, or at least, an acceptance of the natural order. Doomsday Eve might not be an excuse to party, but it’s no reason to freak out either.