Thursday Thoughts: Andreas Gursky

Der Rhine, II   1999 C print on paper 156 x 308 cm  

Der Rhine, II  

1999

C print on paper

156 x 308 cm

 

  Rimini 2003 C-print mounted on Plexiglas 298 x 207 cm

 

Rimini

2003

C-print mounted on Plexiglas

298 x 207 cm

  Greeley 2002 C-print mounted on Plexiglas  210 x 263 cm

 

Greeley

2002

C-print mounted on Plexiglas 

210 x 263 cm

It's hard not to be taken in by Andreas Gursky's panoramc large scale prints. The use of sublime is his conceptual vehicle that turns to industry as it's subject.  William Turner used the indomitable nature,

Barnett Newman used abstraction

and Gursky uses industrial landscape. One could draw an historical sequence through these artist's interpretation man's hold on nature. What Gursky accomplishes is a subtly guided observation of globalization. These images are believable. They are named after specific places, but the familiar imagery could be in several places. The believability of these photographs is what sticks in my head, the vast and destructive human footprint on our environment should not be so easy to accept.