“Spaces in Between: Following the Route of Keystone XL” is 5.Gallery’s exhibit of Mary Peck’s photographs that document the route of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.
Opening on April 19, the show features images from the Alberta refinery in Canada to the Steele City Pumping Station in Nebraska. Peck, a photographer for more than 40 years, began her journey in Alberta. She wanted to see what happens at the refinery above ground and how the land where the oil comes from is treated.
Peck was astonished by what she found when she photographed the pipeline’s 1,100 mile route. She crossed a number of large rivers, including the Saskatchewan, Cheyenne, Yellowstone, Missouri, Niobrara and North Platte.
“What I was not prepared for was the multitude of small rivers and tributaries this pipeline would need to cross,” she says in a statement about creating this body of work.
“Mary Peck’s work speaks to the sacred and silent in land and place,” adds 5.Gallery’s owner and director Max Baseman. “To stand in front of one of her pieces inevitably fills the viewer with a sense for those spaces, the taste of the air, the feel of the wind. Her work rarely includes the human figure, but the human is always present as participant-affected and effector.”