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David BUCKLAND:
Arctic Projections and the
Cape Farwell Project, 2010

Dec. 29, 2009 - June 30, 2010

Toronto Pear­son Airport, Gateway Gallery, Terminal 1 Depar­tures,
South of Air Canada Ticketing.

David Buck­land is an internationally renowned photog­ra­pher, filmmaker and designer whose lens-based works have appeared in venues such as the National Portrait Gallery in Wash­ington, D.C., the Centre Georges Pom­pidou in Paris, and the Metropoli­tan Mu­seum in New York. He is also the founding Di­rector of the Cape Farewell Project, which brings artists, sci­entists and ed­ucators together to col­lectively address and raise awareness about cli­mate change. Since 2001 Buck­land has lead a number of ex­pe­ditions on board the schooner No­orderlicht to the high Arctic so that artists and students might expe­ri­ence first hand the ef­fects of global cli­mate change. While guests are invited with­out obligation, the results of these trips have led to a di­verse range of artis­tic out­comes including: art, mu­sic, films, po­etry and even comedic mus­ings, many of which are cap­tured on the Cape Farewell website at www.capefarewell.com.

David’s own artis­tic work consists of films and photographs that doc­u­ment his expe­ri­ences and connections to his col­leagues and the Arctic landscape dur­ing these ex­pe­ditions. In partic­ular, he has cre­ated powerful, res­o­nant works by film­ing and photograph­ing projected text and im­ages on melting icebergs. Some of these works can be found in his book ti­tled Burning Ice: Art & Cli­mate Change and his film, Art from the Arctic.

For this exhi­bi­tion No.9 has commis­sioned two special editions of David’s filmic work ti­tled Cape Farewell and Sublime as seen on the flat screens pro­vided.

“Cli­mate change is a re­ality. Caused by us all, it is a cultural, social and eco­nomic prob­lem and must move be­yond sci­entific debate. Cape Farewell is committed to the notion that artists can en­gage the public in this issue, through cre­ative in­sight and vi­sion. The Arctic is an extraor­dinary place to visit. It is a place in which to be in­spired, a place which urges us to face up to what it is we stand to lose.”

David Buck­land 2001

No.9: Con­temporary Art and the Envi­ron­ment is proud to present the exhi­bi­tion David Buck­land, Arctic Projections and the Cape Farewell Project, 2010. No.9 is support­ive of David’s extraor­dinary efforts both through his personal artis­tic work and the di­rection of the Cape Farewell Project to bring awareness to cli­mate change. By working together we can all play a part in bring­ing about the cultural shift that needs to occur to save our planet from the dev­astation of cli­mate change.