THE OTHER STAR WARS — Vintage animation shows how Ronald Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative, aka Star Wars, would deploy space-based lasers to knock out Soviet nuclear missiles before they reached the United States. Such systems have yet to be actually manufactured and deployed (as far as we know!), but the SDI program did have some effect as a sort of propagandistic vaporware. From the Reagan administration through the Clinton years to today, expensive research continues, and analysts say the United States maintains a long lead in missile defense technology.
Space Glove (Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre), Russia 2012 © Edgar Martins/The Wapping Project Bankside
Edward Burtynsky’s Latest Photographs, Water.
A sampling of photographer Edward Burtynsky’s latest works from the series Water (2007-2013). Burtynsky is perhaps best known for his award winning documentary Manufactured Landscapes, and his photographs of the oil industry, from its extraction, to its use and its subsequent disposal and waste. His beautiful, large-scale photographic prints provide the viewer with obvious visual pleasure, but they confront us with a moral dilemma regarding the exploitation of our finite natural resources.
An exhibition of Water opens at Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Burtynsky’s home gallery in Toronto on September 5th and runs through October 12th. The exhibition will travel to London’s Flowers Gallery next as it begins its world tour. As with all of Burtynsky’s series, the exhibition of prints is accompanied by a large, high quality coffee table book published by Steidl.
The creation of this series, spanning 6 years, was captured by the visionary director Jennifer Baichwal (of Manufactured Landscapes fame) in the documentary Watermark, which will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. It is sure to be a breathtaking piece of film.
Written By The Victors
80 x 100 inches | Oil on linen
“Fascinated with using thick semi-abstract paint to study personal, historical and fictional experiences of space travel, Michael Kagan’s Space images have opened up outlets to expand painting technique, brushwork, and abstraction…
In June of 2009, a rare total solar eclipse blanketed certain portions of the planet in total darkness. Czech photographer Miloslav Druckmüller traveled to the middle of the Pacific ocean to the Marshall Islands to capture the incredible event.
To create the photos above, he compiled over 40 images shot from two different cameras.
These latest sculptures by New York-based artist Amy Brener are something magical. Made of a combination of materials like resin, pigment, and glass (Brener describes these as “totemic structures…of an imagined future,”) these objects combine natural and artificial aesthetics to create something familiar yet strangely distant from a what we know. As the artist describes:
“Some sculptures may be markers for an unknown border, while others hint at vehicular function. Some surfaces are ordered into compositions that allude to touch-screen platforms, energy cells and the digital logic of a different reality. Other surfaces are left to chance: to crystallize, crack under pressure and weather with time. Common sculpture materials such as resin and concrete shed their associations and morph into geological forms. I enforce approximations of natural processes onto my sculptures. Notions of sedimentation, erosion and fossilization come into play.”
- Erin Saunders