SPILL: Images from the Gulf, an exhibit featuring photographs by Daniel Beltra of the after-effects of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, will be presented at the G2 Gallery in Venice.
The exhibit will be held March 5 through April 21 at G2, 1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. An opening reception is scheduled from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 9.
Beltra spent 40 days documenting the largest oil spill in recent history. Known for his aerial photography, Beltra used his strong sense of color and composition to create a visually compelling series about the man-made disaster, a G2 spokesperson said.
“I don’t want it to be just beautiful, I want people to think about the impact we are having on our planet,” Beltra told the Aspen Times. “I hope they will open a stronger dialogue about living in a more sustainable way.”
With 4.9 million barrels of oil pumped into the gulf, and only 800,000 barrels trapped by containment efforts, the total impact of the oil spill is still unknown.
Beltra said he hopes his images “instill a deeper appreciation for the precarious balance we are imposing on the planet.”
SPILL has been exhibited nationally and internationally in museums, galleries and aquariums. The images will be offered in limited editions and the G2 Gallery will donate all proceeds from art sales to the environmental non-profit, Greenpeace.
The opening reception will coincide with the G2 Gallery’s five-year anniversary celebration and the openings of two other exhibits, Nature LA: Cyanotypes by Christine Caldwell and Future Perfect, a five-year retrospective exhibit. Admission to the event will be $10 at the door and all proceeds will benefit Greenpeace.
Live music, wine, hors d’oeuvres, and complimentary valet parking are included.
Information, (310) 452-2842, or www.theg2gallery.com.