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THE MACKAY CREEK SERIES: RON DEN DAAS. Bill Jefferies. Black Dog Publishing Limited, London, 2015. 128 pp. with 70 col. ills. and 120 col. reference ills. 27 x 30 cm. ISBN 9781910433409 In English.
Publisher's description: The Mackay Creek Series is a diaristic and critical commentary on the artist's role in raising global ecological consciousness. By painting snapshots of the state of the creek over several years, Ron den Daas monitors and records the flux of one ecosystem through several cycles of the seasons. In his paintings, Ron den Daas bypasses humanity's obsession with 'the self' and comments on the small changes in the natural world. Rather than merely depicting oil spills, toxic sludge, clear-cuts or wetland draining, his observations aim to sensitise viewers to the precarious ecological state that humans have created everywhere. In November 2008 den Daas found returned Coho salmon adults in Upper Mackay Creek. Although this was once a common occurrence in North Vancouver creeks, it was a rare event in the endangered urban creek ecosystem of 2008. Painting onsite over several years, he completed the first of 60 studies of a pool and small waterfall in the watercourse. In addition to environmentalism, a key context for the painting in this book is the history of diaristic procedures in art. Everyday images, seemingly of little consequence, forcibly reference much larger global phenomena. By treating the Creek diaristically, observing the same site for 60 days, the series monitors and records the state of one ecosystem through a single cycle of the seasons.
Artist(s):Daas, Ron den
Indexing: Western — Canada — Post-2000 — Painting
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 168819
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