'Ruined Landscapes' by Marc Adornato at the Diefenbunker Museum


When: April 5 > July 15, 2018
Vennissage-Opening party
: Thursday, April 5th, 7-9pm (Take the Brew Donkey Round-Trip Beer Shuttle. 6pm. Limited space!)
Admission: FREE to the vernissage and free mini-tour of the bunker! (*opening night only - bunker admission fees apply after)
Where: The Diefenbunker Museum, 3929 Carp Rd, Carp, ON (MAP)

*due to bunker capacity, it is recommended you get an Eventbrite ticket for the free vernissage, even if you pay for the shuttle service.

About the exhibit:

'Ruined Landscapes' is a painting series by Ottawa artist, Marc Adornato (www.ADORNATO.com).
In this series, Adornato takes mass-produced vintage landscape paintings, mostly found in thrift stores, flea markets, and on kijiji, and then 'hi-jacks' them, adding truck roll-overs, train derailments, and oil tankers run aground. He also paints in white-suited hazmat cleanup teams in every painting, cleaning up the toxic messes."Think Bob Ross meets Edward Burtynsky" - CBC news
To view more paintings in this series check out this link : More Ruined Landscapes

The exhibit runs from April 5th to July 15th, 2018.
Admission to the vernissage and a mini-Highlights tour of the bunker is free.
Take the round-trip shuttle with Brew Donkey Tours for $8: https://www.brewdonkey.ca/products/ruined-landscapes-vernissage-shuttle-april-5th-2018

About the artist:

Marc Adornato (1977 - not dead yet)

Adornato (BFA, NSCAD) is a Canadian contemporary artist, satirist, reformed antique hoarder, and occasional shit-disturber. His provocative art practice usually consists of sharp sociopolitical critique, themes of wealth inequality, terrorism, state surveillance, pollution, plagiarism, with a hint of sarcasm or dark humor. Adornato explores a wide range of mediums and disciplines including painting, sculpture, assemblage, performance, ready-mades, video, and sound.

"I don't have stylistic loyalty. That's why people perceive me changing all the time. But there is a real continuity in my subject matter." - Adornato

He received a degree in Fine Arts from NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Bragging rights over the past decade include exhibits in The Canadian War Museum, The Bank of Canada's Currency Museum, The Ottawa Art Gallery, Canada Science and Technology Museum, and The Diefenbunker Museum. His work resides in the permanent art collection of the City of Ottawa, The Diefenbunker Museum, as well as several private & celebrity collections in Canada and the former United States of America.

Artist statement:

100 years ago Tom Thompson and artists in 'The Group of Seven' made a name for themselves painting the pristine Canadian landscape. 100 years later, I've created contemporary artworks that reflects the new Canadian landscape, and embody Canadian philosopher Marshall McLuhan's phrase 'the medium is the message'' by actually ruining other people's landscape paintings with toxic accidents.

'Ruined Landscapes' is a painting series whereby I 'hijack' vintag, mass-produced, Bob Ross-style landscape paintings found in thrift stores and antique shops, and I paint in hazmat cleanup crews and man-made environmental disasters. Many of the painting titles are appropriated from actual news headlines from real accidents that have occurred throughout the Canadian landscape. Train derailments, fuel truck rollovers, oil tankers running aground and illegal chemical dumping are just some of the toxic accidents reflected in these truly Canadian landscape paintings.

More about the Artist here






"Collecting samples after the Mount Polley tailings pond breach" by Marc Adornato, 2016


"Fortunately, this wasn't another Lac-M├ęgantic #1." by Marc Adornato, 2016

"Gas tanker rolls over on highway near Calgary, spilling 25,000 litres into wetlands" by Marc Adornato, 2016



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