Exhibit: aerial photos of alberta tar sands (by Louis Helbig)

Beautiful Destruction – The Alberta Tar Sands are a place of superlatives, a place of awesome beauty and destruction where exaggeration of scale and proportion seems almost impossible. Leaving aside the politics that surround them or their technical specifics, the Tar Sands are simply awe inspiring. With every twist and turn of the airplane, another incredible scene presents itself, followed by another. It’s a linear kaleidoscope of contrasts, colours, and patterns garnished by the movement of machinery below, smoke and effluent; the scene resetting, again and again, as the paint of photography – light – makes its daily changes. Morning, mid-day, evening, the passing of clouds.

Exhibit shows at Koma Designs in Toronto, Ontario (April 30 – May 31st) and at the Ottawa New Art Festival (June 6 & 7, 2009).

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