If you're not familiar with the work of Edward Burtynsky in documenting the industrial defacement of the planet, you'd be forgiven for believing that the haunting works in this show about our dependence on oil depict only fictional places. In a diptych of Belridge, California, dozens of identical derricks populate a vast, colorless plain—devoid, it appears, of any human presence; the vision resembles one of those bleak sci-fi futures, a pallid world dominated by machines tirelessly working to support their own existence. Likewise, in Azerbaijan's Baku, the skeletons of abandoned drilling rigs, shot under a forbidding sky, suggest apocalyptic aftermath. Then there's Burtynsky's view of the I-5 corridor, looking west toward L.A.'s distant spikes—a gray river flowing through a grid of unremarkable development so impossibly wide and dense that it might... More >>>