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Xavier Mary,Deepwater Horizon

  • 319 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220
  • Dates: Oct 20 2019
  • Venue: 1708 Gallery

1708 Gallery announces Deepwater Horizon, an exhibition of sculpture, video, and appropriated objects by Belgian artist Xavier Mary. Deepwater Horizon borrows its name from an ultra-deepwater offshore oil rig that, while one of the deepest rigs ever drilled, culminated in the most catastrophic explosion and oil spill in U.S. history. Sculptures arduously drag from dilapidated industrial material –truck beds, insulation, soot, wheels– a retrospective capture of automotive dysfunction and material memory. These objects become small structures to consider the near future of the fossil fuel industry and societal upheaval underway. Flames in Kuwait engulf the reflected surface of a simulated, inverted Toyota emblem in projection. A geologist expounds upon complicity, speculation, risk, and indifference in a video from the back of a pickup truck. And memorabilia exemplify the hysterical collapse of subject and object in automotive entertainment lore.

Xavier Mary,Deepwater Horizon