EDWARD BURTYNSKY "IBERIA QUARRIES #3, BENCATEL PORTUGAL, 2006"
Edward Burtynsky (b. 1955) is Canada's most successful photographer.
A noted filmmaker, entrepreneur and environmental advocate, Burtynsky is best known internationally for his large scale images documenting the process and consequences of using the earth's natural resources.
His images, which at times approach abstraction, present a bizarre tension between beauty and desecration.
Many works, and this is an exceptional example, show unbelievable aerial views and are presented with a level of detail normally impossible for the human eye to comprehend.
This work is from one Burtynsky's Quarries series during which he explored marble and granite quarrying in Vermont, Portugal, Italy, and Spain.
The images of cracked, fragmented and abandoned terrains mirror sharp cubist cuts and geometric abstractions.
Burtynsky has desired these quarries as “organic architecture” and “inverted pyramids,” alluding to them as if they were structured voids.
This work, photographed in Portugal, is a paradigm of Burtynsky's acclaimed Quarries series. Layers of un-mined marble and the ravine walls bear geometric patterns from the markings of individual blocks. The result is an illusory effect as if the mountain itself were created by human hand (not vice-versa).
While the image documents the environmental exploitation, the overall work has an incredible form with rich palette and texture.
This work has been published in countless periodicals and appears in the Steidl book on Burtynsky.
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.
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"Iberia Quarries #3, Bencatel Portugal, 2006"
Labelled, titled, numbered and dated verso
From an edition of 25
Signed by the artist verso.
29.5"H 25.5"W (framed)
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