The highly anticipated release of Edward Burtynsky's Water (2008
- 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. Weaving together
the various roles that it plays in everyday life, Burtynsky has
undertaken an ambitious representation of water's increasingly
fragmented life cycle.
Water is the most recent instalment of the artist's
investigation into our continually compromised environment.
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.
Both beautiful and haunting Burtynsky's Water creates a
compelling global portrait that illustrates humanity's past,
present and future relationship with the natural world and its most
vital and rapidly depleting resource.
A touring museum exhibition, Burtynsky Water, organized by the
New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) opens on 5th October, 2013 at the
Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans, and runs until 19th January,
Edward Burtynsky's works are in the collections of over fifty
museums worldwide, including: Museum of Modern Art and
Guggenheim, New York; Tate Modern, London; Museo Nacional Centro de
Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid and the National Gallery of Canada.
Burtynsky is the subject of Jennifer Baichwal's 2006
documentary Manufactured Landscapes. Burtynsky received the
inaugural TED Prize in 2005, in 2006, he was named an Officer of
the Order of Canada, and in 2012 he won the Tiffany Mark award. He
holds four honorary doctorate degrees (two additional forthcoming
in 2013). His distinctions also include the National Magazine
Award, MOCCA award, Outreach Award at Rencontres d'Arles, ICP
Infinity Award and the Kraszna Krausz Book Award.