Sabrina took me to the Toronto International Art Fair last weekend. What a treat to see so many fabulous paintings, photographs, installations, what have you from world famous artists (some local too!), presented in such close quarters, comparatively to museums. Because the collections were on display by galleries from different cities, there was a wide breadth and range. What was also great, is that we got to see the prices listed on the pieces. Their value. Anything from $1,400 to more than $140, 000 to “inquire within for a price”.
To be honest there was too much to take in one evening…as I get overwhelmed visually easily.
I loved the Edward Burtynsky (who is famous for capturing aerial shots of industrial sites the world over, and his documentary Manufactured Landscapes) photographs of Dryland Farming (#13) in Monegros County, Aragon, Spain. Because it looks like an oil painting, even up close, and I looked that closely, I am talking if I-stuck-my-tongue-out-I-could-of-licked-the-photo, it’s uncanny.
“Dryland farming has evolved as a set of techniques and management practices used by farmers to continually adapt to the presence or lack of moisture in a given crop cycle.” This non-irrigated method of farming is dependent on natural rainfall of which there is little of in the arid regions where this is practiced, which blows my gardener’s mind, as someone who has only grown food in relatively wetter climates and has had access to municipal water.
The Burtynsky piece reminded me of the rice terrace farming in Sapa, Vietnam, along the mountains, of which I had the opportunity to trek through back in 2004, and elicits the memory of the smells of indigo dye and burning wood in the villages…at the time though I didn’t know I’d get into food growing and agriculture in a big way when I took this photo!