Photo: Karen Halverson/Robert Klein Gallery
The Limits of Human Domination, in the American West and Beyond
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The Limits of Human Domination, in the American West and Beyond

The title of Karen Halverson's show Survey, which opens next week at Robert Klein Gallery in Boston, bespeaks the breadth of the photographer's subject matter. The true project of Halverson's artwhich appears, at first glance, to be merely a collection of colorful landscapesis to expose and explore the many facets of human relationships to the land. Her photographs, particularly those of the American westa region with a long history of human settlement and expansionraise questions about our discovery and occupation of the spaces in which we live, work, and travel. While some of Halverson's images show industrial development overshadowing natural beauty, others highlight the insignificance of human life. Ultimately, what emerges is a picture of both the scope of our ambitions and the limits of our control.

Karen Halverson/Robert Klein Gallery
Beaty, Nevada, 2000 
Karen Halverson/Robert Klein Gallery
Davis Gulch, Lake Powell, Utah, 1995
Karen Halverson/Robert Klein Gallery
Dickinson, North Dakota, 2011 
Karen Halverson/Robert Klein Gallery
Flasher, South Dakota, 2011
Karen Halverson/Robert Klein Gallery
Imperial Dam, Arizona-California Border, 1994 
Karen Halverson/Robert Klein Gallery
Karahnjuka Hydroelectric Dam, Icleand, 2012
Karen Halverson/Robert Klein Gallery
Mulholland at Cold Canyon Road, Los Angeles, California, 1993
Karent Halverson/Robert Klein Gallery
Near Independence, Califorina, 2002

Karen Halverson/Robert Klein Gallery
North of Hveravellir, Iceland, 2012
Karen Halverson/Robert Klein Gallery
Valley Oak, Cosumnes River Preserve, California, 2000
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