Upcoming shows | PIKTO | Photography Gallery Toronto, photography exhibits
Jun 20, 2013
Show Date: June 15th, 2013 to July 31st, 2013
Opening Reception: June 20, 2013. 6-9pm SPeter Andrew Lusztyk’s series, Highway Interchanges, examines the junctions of North American traffic systems. These interchanges are used by thousands of motorists everyday, but are rarely ever observed from a vantage point that reveals their complete structure. Everyday cars flow over the highway junctions acting as concrete arteries to the city’s cardiovascular system. Lustyk’s photographs allow the viewer to compare the traffic, terrain, and surrounding architecture of each of the systems, revealing how these structures function and shape the landscape. Some are slick and chaotic while others appear chipped-up and worn but at the same time neat and symmetrical. Lusztyk's images turn these ubiquitous structures into graphic representations of North American transit systems. The highway interchange is a monument to car culture. Many of the North American interchanges were built in the glory years of cheap gas and economic boom. They are now beginning to show their age while the funds needed to repair them are scarcer then ever. City planners in Montreal are considering tearing down The Turcot Interchange rather then repairing it. The structure was built as a symbol of modern innovation and progress during the lead-up to Expo 67. Simultaneously, in the emerging car cultures of Asia, new massive interchanges are being erected.