"The whole history of humanity could be framed within our relationship with nature," says Kevin Cooley on the subject of his latest solo exhibition, "Take Refuge," which runs through the end of February at Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles. In the show, featuring 10 gorgeous, large-scale photographs, along with some video work, the NYC-based artist explores humanity's connections and struggles with the natural environment.
Some of the exhibition's most compelling images were shot on and around Spitsbergen Island in the Arctic, where Cooley traveled last fall to participate in the Arctic Circle Expeditionary Residency. With a group that included fellow artists, directors, and even a scientist, the NYC-based photographer traveled by sailboat around the island and into its natural harbors. "Part of the reason I was drawn to the Arctic is because it’s sort of the end of the earth—an uninhabited place," Cooley told Time. "It’s places like that where you’re directly confronted with this epic idea of nature."