Scott Conarroe, Canada By Rail and By Sea – Jon Davies

Scott Conarroe, Forest Fire Plume, Golden BC, 2008, inkjet print, courtesy of the artist and the Stephen Bulger Gallery

Scott Conarroe, Forest Fire Plume, Golden BC, 2008, inkjet print, courtesy of the artist and the Stephen Bulger Gallery

Canada By Rail and By Sea
Ryerson Image Centre
29 April – 28 June, 2015

by Jon Davies

Born in 1974 in Edmonton, Scott Conarroe is best known for his continent-spanning By Rail (2007–09) and By Sea (2009–11). In these photographic series, Conarroe employed a large-format camera and long exposures to consider the U.S. and Canadian landscape, and the myriad transformations that it has undergone, via its expansive railways and coastlines. These lines and edges laid the groundwork for colonial expansion, industry, and resource extraction, as well as mass consumption, and the wealth accumulation and leisure – for some – that were generated.

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