CBC Arts: The Exhibitionists
In her new massive IMAX film, Kelly Richardson pays homage to ancient trees — and imagines a better future.
Kelly Richardson: Pillars of Dawn
NORTHERN GALLERY FOR CONTEMPORARY ART
March 29 – May 26, 2019
Characteristically, Richardson spends years to realise each individual project. Although the still images here are seen in two dimensions, they were all created as 3D model worlds in virtual space, requiring months and months, and expertise in multiple areas. ‘Sculpting’ every branch of each tree and populating the entire landscape with millions of individualised crystals has been a painstaking labour of love. Roughly speaking, there is one crystal in each of the landscapes for every species still alive today. We live in a time when many scientists believe humans are causing the mass extinction of thousands upon thousands of other species; Richardson’s work asks us what it is in the world that has value for humans. In each of the scenarios we encounter, we see a beautiful, empty, crystallised world. It is almost as though all life-forms had been transformed into pure carbon – that is, into the most concentrated forms of pure carbon in the natural world – diamonds. The majesty and infinite wealth of the Earth is revealed, although no humans appear present to appreciate it.
Sarah Cook, Madeleine Kennedy, Alistair Robinson, Emily Stamey, Carmen Victor
Published: March 2019
Editors: Janine Marchessault, Will Straw
Published: March 1, 2019
Anxious, strained, uneasy…
Review by Aidan Dunne
Sept 4, 2018