The Weather Makers by Kelly Richardson questions the ways we are mistreating the world
- David Pollock
- 8 September 2017
Exhibition at DCA features a 12-metre-long panoramic view of a Martian landscape set hundreds of years in the future
Canadian artist Kelly Richardson's films are overtly political from an environmental point of view, showing fantastical large-scale scenes which have been digitally manipulated to show an imagined environment of the future. 'She's an artist who has been making these spectacular works for many years now, exhibiting in major galleries, museums, biennials and festivals across the world,' says DCA's head of exhibitions Eoin Dara. 'Quite apart from the elegant and sophisticated way she works with seriously complex technological processes and platforms, the questions Kelly is asking in her immersive installations about the ways in which we're mistreating the world around us are more pertinent than ever.'
This exhibition will feature three large video installations alongside a new suite of prints by Richardson that are currently in production. 'We're presenting the show's most expansive installation in partnership with NEoN Digital Arts Festival,' says Dara. 'It's called "Mariner 9", and it's a 12-metre-long panoramic view of a Martian landscape set hundreds of years in the future. We'll also be showing two further multi-screen film works called "Orion Tide" and "Leviathan", which draw on histories of landscape painting, wildlife cinematography, science fiction and apocalyptic cinema, and the C-print series "Pillars of Dawn", which show a crystallised future landscape where flora and fauna have been transformed by unknown environmental catastrophes.'
DCA, Dundee, Sat 23 Sep–Sun 26 Nov