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View works of Edward Burtynsky at the Agnes

 
2008-06-30


Beginning Saturday, June 28 at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, view Edward Burtynsky's gorgeous, large-format photographs that document the impact of human activity on the environment. The exhibition of works of this internationally recognized artist, spanning from 1985 to 2005, reveals the massive transformation of landscapes spurred by economic globalization, especially in the manufacturing juggernaut of contemporary China.

The show will offer an overview of his most significant series: Mines and Tailings, Quarries, Oil Fields and Refineries, Shipbreaking, Three Gorges Dam Project, Highways, China, and Urban Mines. Herein, the logic of Burtynsky's aesthetic curiosity unfolds, in transition from his early, un-peopled landscapes to the presence and in his more recent works of labourers mobilized in service of production. The exhibition will run until October 19.

Born in St. Catharines, Ontario in 1955, Edward Burtynsky is among Canada's most celebrated living artists. Jennifer Baichwell's lauded documentary film, Manufactured Landscapes (2006), focuses on Burtynsky's artistic process. His achievements have been recognized through numerous awards including the 2008 Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography, New York, the inaugural TED Prize (2004) and the Order of Canada (2006).

New Robiotics Research at the Agnes

Also now on display at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre is a series by Kingston-based multi-media artist Kathleen Sellars. Her series of responsive biomorphic forms is staged amid the breathless promotional pronouncements of “research you can trust.” Her work, on display until October 19, enters the zone where engineering blends into life sciences to produce new life forms dedicated to increasing our productivity and sense of well-being, and where uneasiness abounds over the seductive power of false promises.
 
The Agnes will host a public reception to celebrate the exhibition on Saturday, September 20 at 4 pm. On Thursday, September 25 at 12:15 pm Kathleen Sellars will give a talk on her work.
 
This exhibition is presented with the support of the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts and the City of Kingston and the Kingston Arts Council.
 
For further information please contact Matthew Hills at 613-533-2190 or visit www.aeac.ca.

 

 

 


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