Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from goo.gl/Ta4oAX.
The Superhero Culture
Born in Germany in 1955, the photographer, Andreas Gursky studied under Bernd and Hilla Becher at the Düsseldorf Kunstakademie in the early 1980s. Initially he adopted their style of small black and white prints, but later branched out to more colourful statements.
Since the nineties, Gursky has focussed on the world of consumerism, such as commerce and tourism. The scale of his photos are that of historical landscape paintings, yet his source material is usually from a much more humble background, such as a newspaper.
Gursky's latest exhibition is at the White Cube Bermondsey, and delves into the world of pop culture. He has taken images from Hollywood superhero feature films such as Ironman III, Batman and Spiderman. Moving these characters from their familial territory, Gursky transplants them to idealised, isolated landscapes. This creates a sense of alienation, but at the same time holds a fantastical charm. Superheroes provide a form of escapism, which is partly why they are such a pervasive part of pop culture, and brings communal friendships.
The free exhibition will open on the 30th April and run until the 6th July.