Edward Burtynsky: Water
February 1, 2015 – April 26 , 2015
Edward Burtynsky, Canadian, b. 1955. Cerro Prieto Geothermal Power Station, Baja, Mexico 2012. Digital Chromogenic Print. Courtesy Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto / Howard Greenberg Gallery & Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, New York.
Through enormous color aerial photographs by world-renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky, this exhibition explores humanity’s increasingly stressed relationship with the world’s most vital natural resource—water.
Over the past five years, Burtynsky traveled across the globe, weaving together an ambitious representation of water’s increasingly fragmented life cycle and the roles that it plays in modern life: as a source of healthy ecosystems and energy, as a key element in cultural and religious rituals, and as a rapidly depleting resource.
These images—sometimes elegant and sometimes haunting, many bordering on the edge of complete abstraction—hover between the worlds of painting and photography, forming a compelling global portrait of water that functions as an open-ended question about humanity’s past, present, and future relationship with the natural world.