Toronto

Kelly Richardson

Birch Contemporary

In this exhibition, Kelly Richardson toyed with the limits of photography and video while playing with the notion of the manufactured landscape. The photographs Scene Setter #3 and Scene Setter #4 (both 2008), for example, depict lush picturesque lakes bordered by trees in an environment imbued with the artificial (the perspective appears slightly askew; the blue sky so flat and unmodulated as to imply digital enhancement). Unfortunately, however, the images are too subtly manipulated to stray far from a sentimental postcard aesthetic.

Scene Setter #1 and Scene Setter #2 (both 2008), however, offer more impressively ambiguous and groundless views, which focus strictly on trees and skies—and so resist any conventional definition of landscape. In the former work, the gray sky has the synthetic translucence of Plexiglas, while the trees below it appear flatly superimposed, further underlining

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