Nicholas Metivier Gallery

Edward Burtynsky
May 5–28, 2011

In 2010 Burtynsky photographed farm areas in Spain including Monegros, a hilly, semi-desert area with extreme climatic conditions. He was drawn to Monegros by the complex and organic expansion of the farming areas that were created by successive divisions of land through family farming. Burtynsky was fascinated by the visual formations and level of abstraction of Monegros as seen from above and the resulting photographs are his most abstract and painterly work to date. The writhing lines and bold patches of colour and texture suggest microscopic organisms as well as the cosmic landscape. The rhythmic patterns and semi-figurative shapes resemble paintings by Kandinsky, Picasso, Miró and Dubuffet as well as primitive art and cave paintings.

After a decade-long exploration of the subject of oil, Burtynsky has turned his lens towards the theme of water. Burtynsky: Water will be published by Steidl in 2012.