Rochester artists Heather Layton and Allen Topolski combine delicate drawings and absurd assemblages into a discourse on contemporary culture. Their exhibition Coping Mechanisms proposes instruments that may be employed to overcome disruptions to the moral order. The artworks function as imagined safeguards and safety-nets fashioned for the current social and political climate. The mechanisms are not new, nor is the need to have them. Some of them appear worn and old while others appear in the early stages of development – a testament to the unfortunate fact that they have been needed before and will be needed again.