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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Devastating Beauty, Abstraction of Destruction

Agent Orange, Canadys, SC , 2009, Coal ash waste at electricity generation station, 50 x 70 in.

Ectoplasm, Geismar, LA, 2005
Phospho-gypsum waste at a fertilizer manufacturing plant
30 x 40 in.

 Untitled, Saint James, LA, 2010
Waste from fertilizer manufacture
50 x 70 in

These incredible photographs, shot from the air over Louisiana and South Carolina, are just a few of the ones J. Henry Fair, artist, conservationist, eco-warrior, and friend, is showing at an exhibit opening this week at the Gerald Peters Gallery in Manhattan. You may also remember Henry's work from the post about James Hansen's protest of mountaintop coal mining in West Virginia.  More of the exhibit photographs can be viewed at the gallery link above---they must be incredibly powerful experienced first-hand.  Here is a link to a video of Henry talking about this work that was published by Smithsonian Magazine.