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Mainstream Art Event

January 7, 2009

I went and saw the Gursky exhibit at the NGV last week. My head almost split open. For those who aren’t familiar, Gursky is one of the art world’s most famous photographers and his 99 Cent II Diptych was auctioned for 3.3 mill in 2007, making it the most expensive photograph in the world ever. He is definitely one of these event style artists like a Hirst or whatever, where the fame and hype threatens to overtake the actual work and attracts people (like myself) with only a casual or lapsed interest in art which makes it less cool. Still, it is the first major exhibition of his work in Australia and well worth catching/one of the first decent things I’ve seen on at the NGV since arriving in Melbourne. He takes incredibly detailed photos of strange little corners of human existence then manipulates them digitally, mostly to create a fake sort of perspective. Where these lines are drawn exactly is very difficult to tell and this, along with his focus on patterns and grids, level of detail and eye for the bizarre, is especially dizzying.

It obviously loses some impact when not seen in the full large scale prints but here are a couple of the better images I could find on the net. Click on them to see a decent size/res:


3 Comments leave one →
  1. a fork permalink
    January 9, 2009 9:19 am

    They are pretty amazing images! One thing I don’t get though Lo is this widespread dislike of ‘ the mainstream’. To me it is like ‘the ‘man’. We are all ‘the man’ or in ‘the mainstream’ is some form, and if you are not you are so so far underground you may as well be living on another rock.

    If artists/photographers like Gursky want to communicate thier ideas, and better yet want them to resonate and change peoples outlook, the mainstream is actually somehting needs be engaged with rather than reviled. The concept of the Underground vs Mainstream is a some kind of unattainable reverse elitism, which as you say gets in the way of the work itself.

  2. Sackinton permalink
    January 9, 2009 10:27 am

    why can’t my comments be as insightful as this.

    at least in some kind of round about way a fork has alluded that i man be “the man”.

  3. slap dot permalink
    January 9, 2009 3:43 pm

    Best to remain largely ignorant of (the) art (community) altogether. That way everything is just pretty, or not.

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