Ruined Landscapes (2016)

Adornato adds hazmat clean-up crews and toxic accidents to vintage landscape paintings.


"Think Bob Ross meets Edward Burtynsky" - CBC News

 

Artist Statement:

100 years ago Tom Thompson and artists in 'The Group of Seven' made a name for themselves painting the pristine Canadian landscape. 100 years later, I've created contemporary artworks that reflects the new Canadian landscape, and embody Canadian philosopher Marshall McLuhan's phrase 'the medium is the message'' by actually ruining other people's landscape paintings with toxic accidents.

'Ruined Landscapes' is a new painting series where I am 'hijacking' vintage landscape paintings found in thrift stores and antique shops, and painting in hazmat cleanup crews and man-made environmental disasters. Many of the painting titles are appropriated from actual news headlines from real accidents that have occurred throughout the Canadian landscape. Train derailments, fuel truck rollovers, oil tankers running aground and illegal chemical dumping are just some of the toxic accidents reflected in these truly Canadian landscape paintings.

*These paintings and other artworks will be on exhibit at "I've Got Some Bad News" at the Ottawa Art Gallery from June 16 to July 23, 2016.
Exhibition Press Release and more info about the solo exhibit are available here. or click here to see the gallery website.

#DefinitelyNotTheGroupOf7 #TheMediumIsTheMessage #Painting #AppropriationArt #Adornato #CanadianArt

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More about the Artist here.


BEFORE / AFTER

"Collecting samples after the Mount Polley tailings pond breach" by Marc Adornato, 2016


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"A hazmat crew removes a body, downstream from the accident" by Marc Adornato, 2016


 

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AFTER

"Fortunately, this wasn't another Lac-Mégantic #1." by Marc Adornato, 2016


 

 

BEFORE

AFTER

"Another cargo ship ran aground near Squamish" by Marc Adornato, 2016


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AFTER

"Gas tanker rolls over on highway near Calgary, spilling 25,000 litres into wetlands" by Marc Adornato, 2016

 


More Ruined Landscapes!


"High levels of endocrine-disrupting chemical found in small boat" by Marc Adornato, 2016


"A hazmat crew removes a body, downstream from the accident #1" by Marc Adornato, 2016


"Gas tanker rolls over on highway near Calgary, spilling 25,000 litres into wetlands" by Marc Adornato, 2016


"Kronos chemical leak puts acid cloud over Varennes, Quebec" by Marc Adornato, 2016


"Crews clean up a pipeline break northeast of Peace River #2" by Marc Adornato, 2016


"You missed a spot" by Marc Adornato, 2016


"A hazmat crew removes a body, downstream from the accident #2" by Marc Adornato, 2016


"Fortunately, this wasn't another Lac-Mégantic. #2" by Marc Adornato, 2016

"Mercury levels still rising near Grassy Narrows First Nation" by Marc Adornato, 2016


"Another oil drum dump in Salal Creek, British Columbia #2" by Marc Adornato, 2016


"Companies Illegally Dumped Toxic Fracking Chemicals in Dawson Creek Water Treatment Systems At Least Twice, Officials Report #2" by Marc Adornato, 2016


"Fortunately, this wasn't another Lac-Mégantic. #1" by Marc Adornato, 2016


"Collecting samples after the Mount Polley tailings pond breach" by Marc Adornato, 2016


"Another cargo ship ran aground near Squamish #1" by Marc Adornato, 2016


"Crews clean up a pipeline break northeast of Peace River #1" by Marc Adornato, 2016


"Companies Illegally Dumped Toxic Fracking Chemicals in Dawson Creek Water Treatment Systems At Least Twice, Officials Report #1" by Marc Adornato, 2016


"Syncrude To Pay $3M for Ducks Killed In Alberta Tarsands Tailings Ponds" by Marc Adornato, 2016


"Another oil drum dump in Salal Creek, British Columbia #1" by Marc Adornato, 2016


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