Art and Environment to open people's mind on the impact of waste fields.
Currently displayed at the Tate Modern in London, UK: El Ejido (2017), the verges of a Spanish highway strewn with plastic waste stretch into the distance.
Depicting 30 years of global capitalism and mass consumerism, the photographs of Andreas Gursky sometimes make for uncomfortable viewing.
In many ways, the photographs of Andreas Gursky are a mirror for the modern globalised world. At times the reflection which stares back at us is not flattering: an uncompromising representation of consumerist greed and its detrimental impact on the natural world. You rarely forget your first encounter with a Gursky photograph, stretching to up to 13 feet long, crammed with hyper-real detail and saturated in vivid colour. His images are typically densely filled, populated with hundreds of faceless people or depicting limitless quantities of stuff.
Likened to the dynamic drip paintings of Jackson Pollock, Gursky’s images are often evenly covered in an ‘all-over composition’, entirely in focus and without any apparent structure. ‘What I create is a world without hierarchy, in which all the pictorial elements are as important as each other’, the artist explains: the democratisation of every pixel.
Many of Gursky’s images represent the impact of mass consumerism on the environment and the colonisation of the natural world. See attached picture.
Written by FannyOnBubbles on 11, Sep 2023 at 06:39, Monday | 1.0 points