Media & Reviews: About Louis Helbig

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"a must-see" Toronto Now

"a trendsetter" Ottawa Citizen

"Helbig's high art reflects our challenges" Glebe Report

"Nominated best visual art exhibit of 2010." Ottawa Express

"Louis Helbig has been photographing Canada's oil sands mining for several years, with fascinating results." New York Times

"There are people out there ... who are fascinated by the monumental impact of human activity on our landscapes and show it to us with an artist’s eye." Toronto Star

"An airplane may not seem like the most obvious place from which to photograph underwater foundations, but for ... Louis Helbig, being 1,000 feet above his subjects is the perfect vantage point." National Post

"Helbig's photos are not riddles; they are literal representations of the landscape, but in them he finds patterns, both natural and man-made, that toy with the eye of the viewer. Even when it's obvious what the image is, they prompt other images in the mind." Ottawa Citizen

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"Helbig's aerial images teeter between document and abstraction, and capture the terrible beauty of man's ability to alter the landscape at will" Toronto Star

"The images are beautiful. How is it that our visual acuity has been trained to find abstraction so sublime. ... We need people such as Louis Helbig to keep explaining not just his photographs, but the abstract nature of the oil sands enterprise itself." Onsite Review

"Aerial Abstractions - Burtynsky? Gursky? Helbig!" Visual Encounter

The "images ... draw immediate comparison to the mid- to late- 20th century urban abstractions of American photographer Aaron Siskind. ... Residual Bitumen, for example, appears as a lyrical curving surface: it is only through the title, which includes the global positioning system coordinates, that we understand that the subject of the photograph is the trace of viscous crude oil left behind by the petroleum industry. Helbig activates ... uncomfortable dualities and leaves them unresolved" festivalX

"Beautiful Destruction consists of large format prints of the Alberta Tar Sands and is easily one of the most beautiful collections I have seen in person. Each image is a work of art taken in one of the ugliest places on earth. That takes a true artist to accomplish. Go check it out when you have a chance.." Andrew Van Beek

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"stunning aerial photos." CBC TV News

Bitu-Man "almost looks like a Monet. ... The debate you've started up is incredible." Edmonton Citytv, Breakfast Television

Helbig's sunken villages photos "look like modern art images." CBC Radio

Helbig "finds stunningly beautiful subject matter, art photography whose message is in the eye of the beholder." CTV

Beautiful Destruction. "It's amazing work. It's beautiful and it's tragic all at once. It's something else." Live Eighty Eight Five, Ottawa.

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