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Paved Paradise exhibition explores Kingston's imagined future through the lens of climate change

July 8, 2019 -

This year's Paved Paradise, a temporary outdoor public art exhibition, features seven original photo-based works by Kingston artists Noah Scheinman and Adam Biehler that document the impact of industrial activity on the local environment. The exhibition, titled Tomorrow's Geology Today, is presented using seven mini billboards located on the north side of Brock Street at Ontario Street, next to the parking lot and facing City Hall.

Scheinman and Biehler's work was created in response to a public call for submissions issued earlier this year around the theme of Imagined Futures, Pressing Times that invited artists to consider the City of Kingston's recent declaration of a climate emergency. Their proposal was chosen by a jury made up of members of the City's Public Art Working Group and is debuting as part of Paved Paradise.

"The theme for the second iteration of Paved Paradise asked artists to engage with the public about the critical issue of climate change," says Danika Lochhead, manager, arts and sector development. "Through this platform, public art can spark dialogue within the community about what it means to be living in a climate crisis and how the City of Kingston's declaration should translate into action."

Tomorrow's Geology Today examines how Kingston, as a city so well known for its limestone, has been built using material that physically records past events over millions of years. Using the billboards as a platform for a large-scale photo essay, Tomorrow's Geology Today shows how resource extraction and burning of fossil fuels are being recorded as new layers of activity impacting the earth's geology at both local and global scales.

The City is hosting an opening event for the exhibition from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, July 13 at Paved Paradise's location beside the parking lot on Brock and Ontario Streets. The artists will be in attendance.

This is the second year the City is presenting a Paved Paradise exhibit as part of its Art in Public Places program, which provides the opportunity to exhibit temporary public art across the city.

Artist Biographies

Noah Scheinman

Noah Scheinman is an artist, designer and writer based in Kingston whose practice explores the intersecting histories of environment, technology and culture. His work combines a background in architecture and urban design with an emergent language of sculpture, installation, collage, photography and video. Scheinman's interdisciplinary approach is motivated by the desire to understand planetary networks of energy, ecology and emotion in terms of the political economies that drive material and geographic transformations.

Adam Biehler

Adam Biehler is a Kingston-based photographer/videographer whose personal work focuses on
the relationship between humans and their environments. His works aim to illustrate both the impact of humans on their environments and the impact of an environment on human activity. Biehler achieves this narrative either by juxtaposing industrial and commercial elements in wild nature settings or by inserting stoic characters into onerous man-made environments.

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