Professor Blane De St Croix’s solo exhibition, Dead Ice, is featured in Fredericks & Freiser Gallery in New York. The exhibition includes a massive sculpture that fills the entire gallery space. Additionally on view will be several other works, including sculpture and drawings/collages. De St. Croix investigates the human relationship to the contemporary landscape and its conflicts with ecology and geopolitics.
Dead Ice is based on De St. Croix’s extensive field research in the Svalbard Archipelago in the Arctic Circle. After travels on an ice breaker ship, ground site visits, photographic documentation, aerial flyovers, zodiac excursions to glaciers, explorations of abandoned mining towns, as well as numerous interviews, De St. Croix’s sculptural and drawing practice focuses on the iconic landscape with metaphorical roots in the region’s complex history.
The scientific term “dead ice” refers to a glacier which functions like a living organism. When a glacier ceases to move, it melts in situ, shedding ice. This dead ice is no longer a part of a living glacier. De St. Croix’s project serves as both a monument to the Arctic’s awe-inspiring beauty and as a memorial to its rapidly melting ice. Symbolically, it refers to the brutal nature of the environment upon humans and vice versa. Underscoring environmental protection issues, territorial rights, and failed exploratory attempts, De St. Croix gives form to our never-ending desire to control the natural world.