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10 Jun, 2013

Open your eyeballs: Edward Burtynsky at the Canadian Museum of Nature

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Fishbowl patrons|Ottawa

You know how much I love art. And photography. And I like thought-provoking photography twice as much.

I had an opportunity to check out Edward Burtynsky: Oil, a new exhibition at the Canadian Museum of Nature (a Fishbowl patron) recently and I’m now here to recommend it to you. You must go see this. And you MUST bring your family. It is hauntingly, arrestingly, beautiful. Here’s a teeny peek:





The exhibition features are 50 gigantic photos that document the life cycle of oil: the impact of extraction, usage, and the end-of-life realities. It is shocking, gorgeous, repulsive, and mind-boggling all at once. I had the good fortune to chat with the artist himself. We talked about how 12 years documenting this stuff has changed his own consumption habits and he shared a few stories behind the photos too. Here he is, talking to the other media:


My only suggestion to you – because there’s no audio tour component or extra information posted near any of the photos – is to take a few minutes to have a seat and watch the video that accompanies the exhibit in the lounge area of the room. It will be worth it. You cannot look at these photos and remain unchanged by them.

If you’re planning a visit (and you SHOULD)… here’s some more info for you.

3 Responses to "Open your eyeballs: Edward Burtynsky at the Canadian Museum of Nature"

1 | Corvid

June 10th, 2013 at 4:36 pm


There are shows I feel I SHOULD see and others I really WANT to see. This one covers both categories. Everything Burtynsky does is amazing.

I’m going to turn the visit into an event (group of people, with kids, discussion before and after).

2 | andrea tomkins

June 10th, 2013 at 5:08 pm


His work is truly stunning. And I’d love to hear how your Burtynsky event goes!

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August 16th, 2013 at 2:00 pm


[…] on there right now. My top two picks: (1) The Edward Burtynsky exhibition, which I wrote about it here. It’s only on until September 2… you must catch it before it’s gone. (2) Mark W. […]

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My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark and our dog Piper who is kind of a big deal on Instagram. We also have two human daughters: Emma (20) and Sarah (18). During the day I work as a writer at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. I am a longtime Ottawa blogger and I've occupied this little corner of the WWW since 1999. The Fishbowl is my whiteboard, water cooler, and journal, all rolled into one. I'm passionate about healthy living, arts and culture, family travel, great gear, good food, and sharing the best of Ottawa for families. I also love vegetables, photography, gadgets, and great design.

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