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Kelly Richardson, Mariner 9, 2012, three-channel HD video, color, sound, 20 minutes.

Kelly Richardson, Mariner 9, 2012, three-channel HD video, color, sound, 20 minutes.

Kelly Richardson

Kelly Richardson, Mariner 9, 2012, three-channel HD video, color, sound, 20 minutes.

Kelly Richardson’s uncannily evocative works are as haunting as they are beautiful. The UK-based Canadian artist works meticulously with advanced digital technology, interwoven with dramatic natural wilderness landscapes, to construct intricate imagery that projects a dystopian future in which shadowy technological developments and human negligence have permanently altered our natural environment. Her latest exhibition, “Legion,” brought together both new commissions and works created over the past decade, illustrating an intriguing evolution in her singular technological vision.

The widescreen, high-definition video installation Leviathan, 2011, shows an eerie landscape in a Texas bayou. Here, thanks to Richardson’s blend of reality and simulation, what at first seems natural and beautiful grows frightening and toxic. Lovely bald cypress trees emerge from the water, but bizarre

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