EDWARD BURTYNSKY, R.C.A.
OXFORD TIRE PILE #3, WESTLEY, CALIFORNIA, 1999/2015
digital chromogenic colour print on Kodak Endura Premier paper
signed, titled, dated 1999 and 2015 (print date) and numbered 2/10 on artist's label on the reverse
27 ins x 34 ins; 68.6 cms x 86.4 cms
"When I first started photographing industry it was out of a sense of awe at what we as a species were up to. Our achievements became a source of infinite possibilities. But time goes on, and that flush of wonder began to turn. The car that I drove cross-country began to represent not only freedom, but also something much more conflicted. I began to think about oil itself: as both the source of energy that makes everything possible, and as a source of dread, for its ongoing endangerment of our habitat.
I wanted to represent one of the most significant features of this century: the automobile. The automobile is the main basis for our modern industrial world, giving us a certain freedom and changing our world dramatically. The automobile was made possible because of the invention of the internal combustion engine and its utilization of both oil and gasoline. The raw material and the refining process contained both the idea and an interesting visual component for me." – Edward Burtynsky
Edward Burtynsky is regarded as one of the world's
most accomplished contemporary photographers. His remarkable photographic depictions of global industrial landscapes are included in the collections of over sixty major museums around the world, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, the Tate Modern in London, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in California.
Burtynsky, Edward, "Oil.", Artist's Statement, https://www.edwardburtynsky.com/projects/photographs/oil, Web. 21 Oct. 2019
Burtynsky, Edward, “Biography.” https://www.edwardburtynsky.com/about/biography, Web. 21 Oct. 2019
Private Collection, Toronto