MARC ADORNATO | RUINED LANDSCAPES
The Diefenbunker | Canada's cold war museum
3911, rue Carp, Carp, (Ontario), K0A 1L0
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” vintage, 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.