2008-07-20

Artists show shift in landscape

Canadian landscape painting, far from remaining bound up in its traditional niche, is a genre invested with contemporary issues like the destruction of the country's forests and global warming.

Both are concerns taken up by Marcia Harris and Erik Olson in Redshift: Witnessing Landscape Change, a thematic two-person show at the Art Gallery of Calgary.

Their unexpected common theme is the mountain pine beetle and the evidence of its destructive presence in British Columbia and Alberta. One reason the beetle is now advancing across the Rocky Mountains, and potentially all of Canada, is climate change.