Edward Burtynsky: Water
“When you develop a concept that you want to follow, you move away from the randomness of taking photographs to the idea of making photographs.” Edward Burtynsky
The highly anticipated release of Edward Burtynsky’s Water(2007 - 2013) will be exhibited at Flowers Gallery during October 2013. An overview of large-format colour photographs will go on view across two floors of the gallery. The exhibition will coincide with the launch of a new film Watermark co-directed with Jennifer Baichwal (released theatrically in Canada by Mongrel Media), and Burtynsky’s fifth book published by Steidl.
Water is the most recent instalment of the artist’s investigation into our continually compromised environment. Weaving
together the various roles that it plays in everyday life, Burtynsky has undertaken an ambitious representation of water’s increasingly fragmented life cycle. Often from an aerial perspective, the photographs take on a unique abstraction and painterly quality. Many of the images focus our attention not on water itself, but on the systems that humans have put in place in order to harness, shape and commodify it. Water follows the format of previous projects such as Oil, China and Quarries in it’s encyclopaedic exploration of a broad theme through a series of connected chapters or locations.
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