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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

“I had found an organic architecture created by our pursuit of raw materials," says artist Edward Burtynsky of Quarries, his new large-scale show of photographs at Flowers Central in London. "Open-pit mines are to me like inverted pyramids. Photographing dimensional stone quarries was a deliberate act of going out in the world to find something that would match the kinds of forms I held in my imagination. It's the idea of inverted skyscrapers.”

Evocative of Matthew Barney for its exploration of industrial/ritualistic processes, Burtynsky's five-year documentation led him to China, India, Spain, Portugal, Italy and the U.S. in search of the grandiose geometry of these secret landscapes. A same-named book has also been published by the reliably brilliant Steidl.

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