"Petrochemical America" by Richard Misrach and Kate Orff Named Critic's Pick by Christopher Michno for Visual Art Source

Organized by the Aperture Foundation, the traveling exhibition "Petrochemical America" reveals, bit by bit through a series of large scale photographs and elegantly designed visual narratives, the insidious grip of the petrochemical industry over nearly every aspect of contemporary society. The project, a collaboration between noted photographer Richard Misrach and Manhattan-based landscape architect Kate Orff, identifies itself as an artifact of the petroleum economy it implicates. In illustrating the inescapable presence of petrochemicals, the exhibition acknowledgments disclose the use of chemicals necessary in every step of the exhibition, from Misrach’s photographic process to Orff’s smartly designed graphic substrates and a hanging Plexiglas display — a substitute for the traditional glass vitrine — that deftly offers a view into the planning and creation of the exhibition.