EDWARD BURTYNSKY "ROCK OF AGES #15, VERMONT" 1992
Edward Burtynsky (b. 1955) is Canada's most successful photographer.
A noted filmmaker, entrepreneur and environmental advocate, Burtynsky is first known internationally for his large scale images documenting the consequences and process of using the earth's natural resources.
His images, which at times approach abstraction, present a bizarre tension between beauty and desecration.
Burtynsky's series of quarries taken in Vermont in the early 1990's were the images that cemented his reputation and revived the 'landscape photography' genre.
These images of cracked, fragmented and abandoned terrains looked not dissimilar to a Riopelle painting realized in rich whites, grays with stabs of saturated colors.
While the image documents the environmental exploitation, the overall work has an incredible form and rich palette and texture.
His work can be found in the permanent collection of countless museums including the National Gallery of Canada, the Guggenheim, TATE Modern (London) and MoMA to mention a few.
"Rock of Ages #15, Active Selection, E.L, Smith Quarry, Barre, Vermont"
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Digital Chromogenic Color Print
Framed with plexiglass
Labelled numbered 7/15, dated 1992/97
Signed by the artist verso.
24"W 20"H (image)
30"W 26"H (framed)