Five years in the making, Anthropocene presents powerful and poignant works by Burtynsky mapping the impact of human intervention on planet Earth. Anthropocene will be exhibited concurrent to the release of the artist’s sixth Steidl monograph of the same title, and his film documentary collaboration with filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier; in conjunction with two museum exhibitions, one at the Art Gallery of Ontario and the other at the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada.
For thirty-five years, Edward Burtynsky’s diverse photographic projects have led him around the world, investigating the complex intersection of industrial growth and environmental consciousness. Burtynsky’s previous subjects range from the repetitious patterns of orderly uniformed factory employees, extending to urban renewal centers, housing projects, recycling yards, rock quarries, to the haunting skeletons of decommissioned shipping vessels and containers.
The title of Burtynsky’s newest body of work, Anthropocene, refers to a proposal circulating in the scientific community to formally recognize the commencement of a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene, or “Human Epoch”. This transition — a controversial idea currently under vigorous and passionate international debate — would represent a formal recognition and acknowledgement of what Burtynsky, Baichwal and de Pencier call the “human signature” on the planet, which has deeply influenced Burtynsky and his focus on this project over the past five years.
EDWARD BURTYNSKY: ANTHROPOCENE
Exhibition Dates: October 11 – December 29, 2018
Artist Reception: Thursday, November 1, 2018, 5:30pm – 7:30pm Signed monograph available
ROBERT KOCH GALLERY
49 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA