The work of Edward Burtynsky explores nature transformed through
industry, creating an interesting dialogue between 'attraction and
repulsion, seduction and fear'. Subjects from recycling yards to
mine tailings, quarries to refineries, are investigated as
'metaphors to the dilemma of our modern existence', provoking
interesting questions around man's consumption of the natural world
and our simultaneous desire to preserve it.
Burtynsky began his career capturing Canada's unspoiled
landscapes before turning his focus to the depleting natural world
future generations look to inherit. Broad themes on the human
invasion of land are explored in his series Manufactured
Landscapes (2003) Before the Flood (2003),
China (2005), Oil (2009) and Water
(2013). Burtynsky remains one of Canada's most celebrated artists,
and a selection of his work is on display at Canada House
throughout February 2014.The Canada House gallery is open free
Monday - Friday 11am - 5:45pm in London's Trafalgar Square.
For more information on Burtynsky and his past exhibitions with
Flowers, please click here.