EDWARD BURTYNSKY "OIL SPILL #2 DISCOVERER" 2010
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 process of using the earth's natural resources...and its harrowing consequences.
His images, which at times approach abstraction, present a bizarre tension between beauty and desecration.
At first glance, the ship seems to be stationary on a marble-patterned surface that is both shiny, hypnotic and alluring.
When the viewer reads the title, and realizes this is documenting the surface of a major oil spill, one can not help but feel overwhelmed and helpless at the enormity of this ecological trauma.
Like the best of Burtynsky, this work is both aesthetically intriguing and thought provoking.
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.
"Oil Spill #2 Discoverer Enterprises, Gulf of Mexico, May 11 2010"
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Digital Chromogenic Color Print
From an edition of 15
Framed with museum glass
Signed by the artist verso.
12"H 15"W (image)
17"H 21.5"W (framed)