“The Critical Zone” Exhibition

Benrubi Gallery

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Benrubi Gallery presents The Critical Zone its’ first exhibition with Katherine Wolkoff.

In The Critical Zone, Wolkoff presents new landscape photographs that describe the geological, botanical and zoological markings visible in “the critical zone,” earth’s permeable layer which extends from the tops of the trees to the bottom of the ground water. Scientists argue that this zone—where rock, soil water and air meet—will characterize the future environmental health of the earth.

Like a scientific researcher, Wolkoff travels to public lands throughout the United States to photograph the landscape of the critical zone. She uses a range of techniques from the 4x5 view camera to a flatbed scanner, utilizing subjective post-production techniques that expand the photography beyond science. The work in this show is notable that it is her first body of black and white photographs.

The elements collected for these photographs show millions of years of geologic change—from evidence of sliding glaciers to traces of disappeared oceans. Today, these places are being affected in new ways due to rising temperatures and the effects of climate change in our current epoch, the Anthropocene. Black sand is churned up by hurricanes, invasive insects consume trees, and icebergs melt in plain sight.

The photographs in The Critical Zone leave the viewer unsure about where they stand, the scale and point of view are vertiginous. It is also unclear what the future holds for the state of the natural world.

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Schedule

from January 10, 2019 to March 02, 2019

Opening Reception on 2019-01-24 from 18:00 to 20:00

Website

http://www.benrubigallery.com/ (venue's website)

Fee

Free

Venue Hours

From 10:00 To 18:00
Closed on Mondays, Sundays

Access

Address: 521 West 26th Street, Fl.2, New York, NY 10001
Phone: 212-888-6007 Fax: 212-751-0819

Between 10th and 11th Aves. Subway: C/E to 23rd Street

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