Monica Glitz & Philip Jessup: Endangered
Thursday, February 7, 6-8pm
Exhibition dates: February 4-28, 2019
Monica Glitz and Philip Jessup are two contemporary Canadian photographers who have focused their practices on exploring the sublime in endangered spaces that to date have been saved by government conservation efforts.
Glitz is presenting works from her on-going series Ancient Splendour, selected photographs from over a hundred World Heritage Sites she has assembled over the past twenty years . Her goal is to engage the curiosity of a wider audience who may not have direct access to these beautiful and historically significant destinations, helping others understand that these locations are worth the effort and cost to preserve them. Glitz is drawn to places that seem to stand outside of our day-to-day existence, and her photographs capture this quality through both their subject and her historically-based printing technique.
Jessup is visually drawn to nature’s chaos as a mirror reflecting our own lives and society. Endangered features his most recent work in his marshland series, photographed in 2018. Climate change has made the connection between human activity and changes to our environment undeniable. Natural landscapes, especially coastal marshlands, are vanishing before our eyes, endangering the communities that depend on them. Jessup’s photography seeks to document the effect our actions have on significant ecosystems, in turn reminding us of the beauty we can still save if we act collectively and address the issue in meaningful and timely ways.
images: (R) Monica Glitz, Alhambra & Generalife Gardens, Spain; 2017. (L) Philip Jessup, Bay Tree Stand, Mandalay Wildlife Refuge, Louisiana, 2018; Carbon print.