As the northeast of the United States has been submerged into a deep freeze, it seems appropriate to circulate these chilling images poised to go on view at Sean Kelly next week.
Known for his images of Berlin’s transformation into a postindustrial global capital, Frank Thiel’s latest series of photographs captures the majesty of glacial ice formations in Argentina’s southern Patagonia region.
Slated to open on Friday, January 31, the exhibition is titled Nowhere Is a Place and will feature the artist’s largest work to date, a 29-foot-long (8.9 meter), five-panel photograph of the Perito Moreno glacier in Los Glaciares National Park, which is part of the third largest ice cap in the world.
The Perito Moreno glacier is a major tourist attraction at the tip of South America and one of only three of the area’s 48 glaciers that are growing. The Perito Moreno glacier towers 240 feet (74 meters) above the surface of the water of Lake Argentino, but it has a total ice depth of 558 feet (170 meters). To capture this massive scale, Thiel has created prints approaching 10 feet high (3 meters).
There’s a melancholy beauty in these images — they record a largely unseen edge of our planet, one which will certainly be impacted by the looming environmental devastation that we are constantly hearing about from scientists the world over. Yet, here, at the edge of this glacier, the ice takes on the spiritual loftiness of cathedrals jutting into the sky.