MARGORIE BARRICK MUSEUM
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EDWARD BURTYNSKY "OIL" INSTALLATION VIEW
Edward Burtynsky is an artist molded from the ashes of a past civilization, Earth 2017. He notates the manufacturing process of our destructive culture. We feel helpless with the weight of these images pressing down on our consciousness. Tires, oil, pollution, highways, cars oil refineries and oil rigs are the common themes of Edwards powerful work.
He is craftsman of perfect angles, some from an eagles eye, and some right in the thick of it. With focused detail and precision he takes our hand through a journey of man's folly. His recent exhibit at Marjorie Barrick Museum on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas was an explosion of colors and emotions. Burtynsky's photographic eye is a tool he uses to inform us that we are dying. Plaguing the earth with our machines, and for what? A few drops of oil.
The exhibit was organized by the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno. It is from a collection of Carol Franc Buck Altered Landscape Photography. The exhibit runs from September 23 to January 14, 2017 and will open the eyes of people in the area if they are bold enough to attend. It is really hard to look down the barrel of a gun. To face your demons, but that is exactly what Burtynsky does with his lens.
Edward shows this deadly transformation and lets us do the concluding. These altered landscapes are at the very heart of his fine photographic art. This visceral environmental work shows us just how much we need to change our thinking as humans if we plan on continuing on the green planet. This survey of Burtynsky's photographs is a compelling issue on the effects of petroleum in different locales around the world. Without speaking a word, his art speaks volumes.
BY JIM KAPSALIS for ARTCOWO PRESS
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