Edward Burtynsky: Natural Order | Online Exhibition

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Edward Burtynsky: Natural Order | Online Exhibition

Sep 10 — Oct 31, 2020

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Over the past 40 years I have investigated our collective stranglehold on the natural world. Now the global community is experiencing just how quickly the tables can turn. In a few short weeks, and for the first time in memorable history, the world economy has ground to a halt, with business-as- usual suspended indefinitely. During this time spent in isolation and while reflecting on this historic moment and the gravity of these events, I have taken the opportunity to once again turn my lens to the natural landscape as subject matter.

The result is this new series, made during the time of year when the cycle of renewal exerts itself on the Earth. From the frigid sleep of winter to the fecund urgency of spring, these images are an affirmation of the complexity, wonder and resilience of the natural order in all things. I find myself gazing into an infinity of apparent chaos, but through that selective contemplation, an order emerges — an enduring order that remains intact regardless of our own human fate.

These images are all from a place called Grey County, Ontario. They are also from a place in my mind that aspires to wrest order out of chaos and to act as a salve in these uncertain times.

-Edward Burtynsky


To ensure the safety of our visitors and our staff, the gallery has added HEPA filtration to our air flow system, and the gallery and building have implemented rigorous safety measures as outlined by the public health authorities. All persons entering the building and in common areas, as well as in the gallery will need to wear face masks and observe social distancing. Sanitizing stations have been placed in the building lobby and sanitizer will be available in the gallery. The building and gallery are being sanitized regularly in the common areas and touch points, including the gallery between visits.

We look forward to your visit.

Edward Burtynsky. Natural Order #33