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Artist's Reception & Discussion: Daniel Beltrá at Catherine Edelman Gallery

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Updated: Monday, January 6, 2014


Exhibition Dates: March 2 - April 28

Reception with the Artist
Friday, March 2
5:00 - 7:00 pm

Discussion with the Artist
Saturday, March 3

For more than 20 years Daniel Beltrá has been traveling the world recording man's affect on nature. Believing in the ability of photography to provide vantage on unfolding events Beltrá works to offer immediate perspective on man's impact on the planet we call home.

Beltrá's newest series, Spill, documents the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. For two months the photographer worked in his preferred fashion- from the air. The overhead perspective allows real and immediate understanding of the grandeur of nature and the devastation imposed. We see beauty and are horrified by destruction. We feel the tug between control and chaos. All of Beltrá's work has been powerful, memorable, distressing.

Spill as well as earlier projects,Rainforest and Ice, reveals the absolute fragility of nature balanced against man's growing footprint. We feel a particular sense of anger in Rainforest at the shier pillaging of the land and fear in Ice as we contemplate the potential affects of the melting giants. The first two series lift the curtain on growing and often politicized environmental debates, but the new work does have one distinguishing aspect: Spills hows a recovery effort. Spill causes us to shudder at the inability of man to control the havoc he has caused. One could argue this is Beltrá's most significant work to date, as it recontextualizes earlier projects by revealing our ability to mark, to alter, to transform the natural world but not to control our creations or manage their impact.

The work is humbling, the message thought provoking. Through it all the work manages grand elegance, for the world even when sick, polluted, or scorchedisbeautiful. We find a lining of inspiration that we hope will encourage viewers to demand and to make change.

For more information on the work, the artist, and related events please visit Catherine Edelman Gallery

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