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RYERSON IMAGE CENTRE

SCOTT CONARROE: CANADA BY RAIL AND BY SEA
April 29 – June 28, 2015
Curated by Gaëlle Morel
University Gallery, Ryerson Image Centre

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SCOTT CONARROE: CANADA BY RAIL AND BY SEA

Image caption: Scott Conarroe, Hulls, Powell River BC, 2010, inkjet print. Courtesy of the artist and the Stephen Bulger Gallery

Canada By Rail and By Sea (2007–2011) presents a selection from two series of elegiac landscapes by acclaimed Canadian artist Scott Conarroe. Capturing vast stretches of North America, Conarroe travelled the continent to systematically document railways, ports, coastlines, and their immediate environments with a contemporary, clear-eyed romanticism. Seen together, the Canadian views of By Rail (2007–2009) and its continuation By Sea (2009–2011) reveal the significant contribution of transportation infrastructures to Canada’s territorial expansionism, and to the construction and unification of our national identity. From one coast to the other, Conarroe’s exploration juxtaposes human-built habitations and industrial structures with seemingly infinite natural horizons of ocean and land. His poetic vistas evoke the past while addressing environmental and social concerns arising from the post-industrial decay of the Western world.

A primary exhibition of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival



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Related events: 

May, 7, 6–8pm: Public reception, including a book signing by Scott Conarroe as part of the launch of his new publication, By Rail and By Sea
June 3, 6pm: Exhibition tour with Scott Conarroe

For a complete listing of events and lectures, please click here.

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