Running on Empty

Heather Nicol

Robert McLaughlin Gallery
48 pp col. ill. 10 x 8 in softcover 
$15.00 Can. $18.00 U.S
February 2015

runningonempty.gifspacerCars and highways have long been evoked in images, narratives, and songs. This near-utopian relationship, however, has come under increasingly intense scrutiny from a wide range of cultural and environmental perspectives. Running on Empty presents the work of artists who consider the seductions and disillusionments in our long-standing infatuation with the car. Works of various disciplines situate the car as a mediating force in our relationship with mobility and the land, and explore the interconnection of industry and the natural world where expeditions have unexpected consequences, bucolic scenes become a blur, idyllic scenarios are mere fabrications, and history repeats itself. One of the key cultural references cited is Jean-Luc Goddard’s 1967 film Weekend. Participating artists: Kim Adams (sculpture/installation), John Massey (photography), Kate Puxley (taxidermy/installation), Shayne Ehman and Seth Scriver (film), Monica Tap (painting) and Elinor Whidden (installation/photography).

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