Artist Brandon Ballengée clearly has a dark worldview, but how can he not? The Louisiana-based biologist spends his days studying the environmental impact of oil spills on wildlife. His larger than life reliquaries for deformed amphibians and birds are meant to elicit sympathy from the viewer, which is why they’re blown up to be roughly the size of human babies. The show’s centerpiece features photos of three primordial-looking fish (the nine-spined stickleback), rare creatures that can actually thrive in polluted waters. Ballengée’s process of dyeing the animals and then “bleaching” them with digestive enzymes sounds stinky and gross, but the results look rather spectacular.
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October 22 2018