EDWARD BURTYNSKY "RAILCUTS #11" 2005
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 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 long-range views and are presented with a level of detail normally impossible for the human eye to comprehend.
Burtynsky's series of quarries, mines, and railways are his best known works and have brought him international acclaim.
The works in Burtynsky's "Railcuts" series advance his exploration of man-made environmental changes by focusing on the piercing lines of railways through natural terrain. The titles of this series evokes a sense of direct, even violent, contact with the landscape.
This work is a paradigm of the series. In it, Burtynsky presents his signature themes using a richly-patterned, neutral palette of blasted-rock facades; punctuated by railroads tracks, micro-plateaus blasted to support the tracks, and black geometric cut-outs where the railroads enter the mountains.
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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"Railcuts #11 CN Track, Thompson River, B.C."
Labelled, titled, numbered and dated verso
Signed by the artist verso.
From an edition of 24
22"W 18"H (image)
31"W 27"H (framed)
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