the controversy surrounding the end of the holocene and the beginning of this new ‘human epoch’ sparked burtynsky’s ‘anthropocene project.’
this fall, the canadian photography institute of the national gallery of canada and the art gallery of ontario will co-present ‘anthropocene.’ these two new contemporary art exhibitions tell the story of the human impact on the earth and feature the work of photographer edward burtynsky.
in the year 2000, nobel-prize winning chemist paul jozef crutzen first popularized the term ‘anthropocene’ to describe a proposed new geologic era characterized by the evident ‘human signature’ on the planet. since then, the controversial idea has sparked a vigorous and passionate debate among an international group of scientists regarding the actual geologic credibility of the term. critics argue that while the proposition is eye catching, one cannot define a new geologic era without specifying its precise boundaries in the earth’s rock strata. this controversy surrounding the formal termination of the holocene and the beginning of this new ‘human epoch’ sparked photographer edward burtynsky’s ‘anthropocene project.’
burtynsky has been investigating human-altered landscapes in his artistic practice for 35 years. because much of humanity’s post-industrial impact is not entirely perceptible to the naked eye, burtynsky offers another perspective which makes these realities perfectly clear. this ‘human signature’ is depicted in sharp, visually compelling detail. the viewer is given the chance to experience places and practices each individual is indirectly connected to or responsible for but does not normally see. measuring at approximately 25’ wide by 12’ tall, these photographic murals deliver a visceral sense of scale, and allow viewers to examine — in exquisite detail — the intricacies of human incursions on the earth.
Read the full story HERE >>>> Source: designboom edward burtynsky captures the ‘human signature’ of the proposed new anthropocene era