25 Sep '12, 3pm

Oil and Nature: A Landscape Reconfigured

Oil and Nature: A Landscape Reconfigured

© Richard Misrach, courtesy of Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York; Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco; and Marc Selwyn Gallery, Los Angeles “Swamp and Pipeline, Geismar, La.” (1998), from “Petrochemical America,” an exhibition at the Aperture Gallery in Chelsea with photographs by Richard Misrach. An accompanying book also includes an ecological atlas by Kate Orff. In the stark white space of the Aperture Gallery in Chelsea, billboard-size photographs present an array of haunting scenes. A chemical plant with a cemetery in the foreground. An empty basketball court alongside a turreted oil refinery. A lush swamp filled with trees, one of which has a Shell Oil sign nailed to it. The exhibition, “Petrochemical America,” and an accompanying book of the same title are the product of a collaboration between the photographer Richard Misrach and the landscape architect Kate Orff , an ass...

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