Ab-Solutes: Athabasca River (Kar 6 Open)
Archival inkjet on hemp paper, white maple frame, AGUV glass
45 x 45 inches
Chris Myhr is a media artist based in Hamilton, whose practice engages with photography, sound, and the moving image. His work seeks intersections between art, science, and ecology - focusing on our complex interrelationships with water. Myhr is interested in the paradoxical tension between water as a generative sequence, as well as a source of immense destructive power. “Ab-Solutes: Athabasca River'' features high-definition macro photographs of hydrocarbon residue from altered samples of snow collected along the banks of the Athabasca River (Alberta). “KAR6 Open'' depicts hydrocarbon residue from a snow sample taken nearest the Suncor oil sands recovery site.
The work submitted is a large-scale photograph titled "Ab-Solutes: Athabasca River (Kar6 Open)". It is from a recently-completed series that was made in collaboration with the Canada Centre for Inland Waters (Aquatic Contaminants Division), and features macro photographs of hydrocarbon residue from filtered samples of snow collected along the banks of the Athabasca River in Alberta's oil sands region.