As an artist and sculptor who uses varying forms of mediums — installations, sculptures, and photographs — the works of Marek Ranis, an assistant professor of art and art history at UNC Charlotte, seem to carry a message that foresees cold, futuristic (and somewhat current) global endeavors. For inspiration, he often uses images of melting glacial formations. He also uses photographs taken before and after World War II in his native home of Poland. In his latest exhibit, White Supremacy – The End, he showcases new, digitally manipulated images (photographs of Marek's sculptures, which are superimposed with historic aerial photographs) and plaster and graphite sculptures. Together, these question Western culture’s future as a dominant global power up against rising countries like China, India and Brazil. He uses post-colonialism and global warming to understand both the socio-political landscape and the natural environment. It's rather dense subject matter, but well worth chewing over.