In the 1950s an American geologist named Manley Natland conceived of a plan to separate oil from sand through the use of underground nuclear explosions. Since then this controversial process motivated by obsession and greed has become one of the top, divisive issues in Canada concerning everyone from Barack Obama to Neil Young. Robyn Moody’s sculptural installation is made up of hundreds of spinning gears configured into the shape of Heart Lake. This is the second work in a series that provokes timely reflection on the human and environmental impact of oilsands exploitation in Alberta. The profile of Heart Lake was chosen not because of any environmental effect that has befallen it (yet), but for its name. Heart as something that sustains life, and Heart as something vulnerable, whose destruction means the destruction of life.
The installation will be on view Monday to Saturday, noon – 6 PM
Note: The Phi Centre will be closed on Monday, May 19th for Victoria Day.
This is a co-presentation of DHC/ART, Phi Centre and BIAN as part of the International Digital Arts Biennial.
Robyn Moody is based in Calgary, Alberta where he is a sessional instructor in the department of Media Arts and Digital Technology (MADT) at the Alberta College of Art and Design. In the past decade, Moody has shown his work regularly across Canada and in Europe. He was nominated for the Sobey Art Award in 2010 and 2012.