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Scott Conarroe is a Canadian artist born in Edmonton, who works in large-format landscape photography. Conarroe’s work is
formal in its attention to fine detail and sharp clarity, and his subject matter, of rural and urban settings from
vast elevated viewpoints, conjures social and cultural reflection. He works with a pensive eye and a knack for
capturing scenes that invoke memories of the past, thoughts on the present, and hopes for the future.
The works on display are selections from Conarroe’s By Rail (2008) series, a journey taken on by the artist to document life along railways throughout Canada and the United States. In these selected images we find vistas of both residential and rural environments. The residential images portray life set up right alongside the tracks, while the rural images display landscapes that have been divided by the railway that runs a long distance to various locations across the country. Often lacking in the images that make up this series is the presence of people and even trains.
In 2008 this series documented the vastly underutilized infrastructure of the railway systems
in North America. It raised the question that if other developed nations were embracing the social, economic,
and environmental benefits of expanding rail transport, why had the use of existing North American
railway systems diminished? Today these images find new footing as our cities make moves to embrace the benefits
of this expansion, shifting the transportation of goods and passengers off the roads and onto the tracks!
Scott Conarroe is represented by Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto.
Presented by No.9: Contemporary Art and the Environment Curated by Cara Said.