"Canadian Rockies #78"
Marko Modic, "Canadian Rockies #78."
Alchemy, February 5 to April 4, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff
BY: Amy Fung
As part of Exposure 2011, southern Alberta’s annual photography festival, Slovenia-based Marko Modic has a Canadian premiere with Alchemy at the Whyte Museum in Banff. Modic, who hails from the artistic hub of Ljubljana, has exhibited his photo-based montages throughout South America, and at the Barbican in London. Often playing with the transmutable power of light, Modic attempts to evoke the “soul” of objects and places, drawing out extremes through layers of ethereal imagery. For his upcoming solo show, he’s working with dream-like images of the Rocky Mountains. Though he’s never visited the peaks, he sees them through the eyes of a photographer, painter, performer, and author, evoking each mountain almost as a single portrait subject rather than a landscape. They’re presented as objects, without context and enhanced with ethereal colour, giving each the quality of appearing as if in a dream.