Ruined Landscapes Calendar 2022
Marc Adornato Ruined Landscapes (2015 - Present)
“Think Bob Ross meets Edward Burtynsky” - CBC News
Tom Thomson and artists in ‘The Group of Seven’ made a name for themselves painting the pristine Canadian landscape. 100 years later, I’ve created contemporary artworks that reflect the new Canadian landscape. In this ongoing painting series, I ‘hijack’ vintage, mass-produced, Bob Ross-style landscape paintings found in thrift stores and antique shops, and I paint in hazmat cleanup crews and man-made environmental disasters. Many of the titles are appropriated from actual news headlines from real accidents that have occurred throughout the Canadian landscape.
Calendars are used as a promotional tool by companies and corporations to sell their products - everything from milk to gas-powered cars - or to ensure name-recognition of a brand. This ingenious form of marketing puts a company and their products in front of a consumer every day. Following in Adornato’s signature style of taking something common and distorting it, this calendar was created to reflect on the costs and devastation emerging from our dependence on oil and gas.
All the documented oil spills from past to present have been added to this calendar on the day they began; a grim daily reminder of the devastation we’re inflicting on the earth every year.
The wall calendar size is 8.5"x11" closed and 17"x11" when opened.