If there was any question about how much the New Orleans art scene has grown in recent years, it was answered as December 2010 witnessed an art community in overdrive with overlapping major spectacles including PhotoNOLA, DesCours and Prospect.1.5. Although more low-key than its stellar predecessor, Prospect.1.5 is still a big deal and incorporates local and big-city artists in displays of ambitious aesthetic cross-fertilization. Everything comes together cohesively in The Machine in the Garden expo at Octavia Art Gallery, as Brian Borrello, Ralph Bourque, Daphne Loney, Michel Varisco and Christy Speakman all provide poetic explorations of the dark side of Louisiana’s carbon-based economy in contrast to the creative spirit of its people, and the incandescence of the sun, moon and stars.
—D. Eric Bookhardt, Gambit Weekly Art Review, January 03, 2011