Tyler Los-Jones: We, ourselves included

May 2-23, 2015
Opening reception Saturday May 2, 6-9 PM

We, ourselves included is a meditation on landscape photography, representation and inherited assumptions about environments. These works began as typical tourist images taken while visiting Glaciers in-and-around Banff, Jasper, Yoho and Kootenay parks this past summer. The Peyto, Jumbo, Daly and Saskatchewan Glaciers are depicted alongside unnamed ice and snow deposits. These images are printed as long panoramas which are curled and folded in response to the geology of the original photograph. The final folded form is re-photographed in the studio and printed flat.

This process results in an uncanny image which reflects the uncertainty of our current ecological crisis. It is becoming more widely accepted that we are living in the Anthropocene - an epoch where the effects of human activity have registered at geologic scales. Yet in spite of our growing awareness of our embeddedness, our depictions of landscape continue to portray ecosystems as exterior, objective and dramatically disconnected from human activity. The works in We, ourselves included slowly unsettle and complicate our relationship to landscape photography by quietly bringing the unnatural aspects of our conception of nature to the forefront.

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Tyler Los-Jones's work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in the United States, the United Kingdom and throughout Canada. Recently, his work has been exhibited at the 2014 Feature contemporary Art Fair (Toronto), Platform Centre (Winnipeg), and The Banff Centre. He was commissioned to produce a large-scale work titled, A panorama protects it’s views for Future Station: the 2015 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Alberta (Edmonton). Los-Jones’ work is included in the permanent collections of the Banff Centre, TD Canada Trust, the City of Calgary Civic Collection and the Royal Bank of Canada. Tyler lives and works in Calgary, Alberta.