Edward Burtynsky: Intentional Landscapes

Exhibition Dates: May 6 – June 30, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 6 from 6–9 pm, in conjunction with Jammin’ on Julia
Gallery Location: 434 Julia Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Hours: Tuesday–Saturday, 10 am–5 pm
Contact Info: 504.522.1999; arthurrogergallery.com

The Arthur Roger Gallery is pleased to present Intentional Landscapes, an exhibition of photographs by Edward Burtynsky. The exhibition will be on view at Arthur Roger@434, located at 434 Julia Street, from May 6 – June 30, 2017. The gallery will host an opening on Saturday, May 6 from 6-9pm, in conjunction with Jammin’ on Julia.

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Stepwell #5, Nagar Kund Baori, Bundi, Rajasthan, India, 2016
Chromogenic print, Edition of 3 | 58 3/4 x 78 inches

Intentional Landscapes is world-renowned Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky’s second exhibition with the gallery. Burtynsky has spent his career traveling the world documenting waterfronts, farmlands, irrigation plots, rivers and various water maintenance systems – focusing mainly on landscapes where industry has transformed nature. The resulting images are meant as metaphors to the dilemma of our modern existence. Burtynsky states, “Our dependence on nature to provide the materials for our consumption and our concern for the health of our planet sets us into an uneasy contradiction.”

This exhibition of seven large-scale photographs comprises a handful of themes from geographically diverse locations such as Canada, the United States, Iceland, Australia, India and Nigeria. The subjects, including multi-storied stepwells in India and seas of discarded tires in California, are visually potent and often equivocally abstract, at once striking and alarming. Fractal patterned regions and brightly colored amorphic masses lend a painterly quality to the images, making references to artists Jean Dubuffet and Richard Diebenkorn, whom the artist greatly admires. Burtynsky takes advantage of technological advances to depict the most telling viewpoints in his aerial photographs. He is able to capture crisp, finely detailed images from planes and helicopters, as well as from drones designed to carry a high-resolution video camera and his Hasselblad camera.

Edward Burtynsky was born in 1955 in St. Catharines, Ontario. He studied Graphic Art at Niagara College in Welland, and holds a M.F.A. from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and a B.A.A. in Photography from Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario. His works are included in the collections of over sixty major museums around the world including the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris; the Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid; the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum in New York; and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in California. Burtynsky’s distinctions include the TED Prize, the Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts, The Outreach award at the Rencontres d’Arles, the Roloff Beny Book award, and the Rogers Best Canadian Film Award. In 2006 he was awarded the title of Officer of the Order of Canada and currently holds six honorary doctorate degrees. Burtynsky lives and works in Toronto, Canada.