A gamut of environmentalist photography cataloging the depredations that our species has wrought on planet Earth is on display here, ranging from Terry Evans’ series that make destruction look seductively appealing (usually not the shooter ’s intent), through images that aestheticize spoliation with a disturbing undercurrent, to outright assaults on the eye that leave us in no doubt that we are witnessing something awful. Of the seven practiced artists here, working predominantly in color and in different corners of the world, only Chris Jordan dares to lacerate our sensibilities to the max, with his series, from the Pacific Midway Atoll, depicting dead albatrosses, their guts open revealing a mess of plastic garbage that they have snarfed up in their quest for a meal. A gifted photographer, Jordan offers his studies in the form of classically composed still lifes, which only augments their gruesome appearance. The other photographers in the show cannot or will not resist the temptation to make their senses of beauty triumph over disgust. (Michael Weinstein)
Through March 24 at the DePaul Art Museum, 935 West Fullerton.