From David Opdyke’s website, explaining his latest installation:
This work starts with 528 postcards from all across the United States – views of local and national parks, cities, rivers, bridges, lakes, landmarks, farms and wilderness – assembled into a vast gridded landscape beset by environmental chaos. Each card is placed to fit into the overall image, and carefully modified with gouache to show a realistically-rendered piece of the overall turmoil.
The disorder within the images of the cards is mirrored in the state of the overall grid itself, which is crumbling at the bottom, with large chunks of the grid dislodged and "piled" at the base of the wall.
It’s a present-future mash-up of cause and effect.
Tornadoes in cities, rivers choked with algae, lightning and wildfires, floods, giant sea creatures in the Mississippi River, desertification and abandoned towns, frozen orange groves, invasive vines that crush buildings, a rain of deformed frogs, swarms of locusts, and hundreds of crows that fight over fields of shrivelled corn.
Engineers build a sea wall that cuts a city in two, and water diversion pipes criss-cross the country. Developers build condominiums on mountains and secure private islands. Governments establish water rationing and security checkpoints. Apocalyptic graffiti and traffic jams of evacuees fill the cities, while blimps announcing "The End is Near" float overhead, advertising for a modern-day Ark, which is being built on the shores of Lake Huron.