Opening at McMichael Collection, Kleinberg, Ontario. How our predecessor artists saw and expressed nature and science, and contemporary artists today document the beauty yet terrifying illusiveness of ice due to climate change. A hope it will inspire people to protect our biosphere. A show worth seeing, on tour in Canada.
“Vanishing Ice offers a glimpse into the rich cultural legacy of the planet’s frozen frontiers. International in scope, it traces the impact of glaciers, icebergs, and fields of ice on artists’ imaginations… explores connections between generations of artists who have adopted different styles, media, and approaches to interpret the magical light and fantastic shapes of ice.
Through the centuries, collaborations between the arts and sciences expanded awareness of Earth’s icy regions. Early artists captivated the public with the first images that provided an understanding of the geography of alpine mountains, the Arctic, and Antarctica.
A resurgence of interest in these environments as dramatic indicators of climate change now inspires contemporary expeditions to the glaciers and poles. Today, artists, writers, and scientists awaken the world to both the beauty and increasing vulnerability of ice, which is critical for biological and cultural diversity.”
Dr. Barbara Matilsky, Curator of Art
Related informative piece in Canadian Geographic
The art and science of Vanishing Ice
Tyler Irving in Science & Technology, January 30, 2015
excerpt: “Tough, yet fragile. Ancient, yet vulnerable. Cold and inhospitable, yet strangely beautiful. The contradictions inherent in ice and the landscapes it calls home have inspired many artists, photographers and writers over the last 200 years. Now climate change threatens many of these landscapes…All this is on display in Vanishing Ice: Alpine and Polar Landscapes in Art, 1775-2012, an art exhibition currently making its way across Canada…
This vulnerability is mirrored by the haunting juxtaposition of two images of the Athabasca Glacier in Jasper National Park; between the time of Arthur Oliver Wheeler’s 1917 photograph and Gary Braasch’s 2005 copycat, the glacier has retreated by more than a kilometer and lost nearly half its volume.