“Mirrors should think longer before they reflect.” So said French poet Jean Cocteau, and so we consider that bizarre instantaneity between posturing and reflection—between serenity and havoc, truth and fiction, darkness and light.
Here, a pair of new artworks from the unequivocal Andreas Gursky—an individual who has long been preoccupied with the tug-of-war between human beings and nature, with the scale of calm into chaos—part of a new solo exhibition, Space is Time, at Sprüth Magers in Berlin through November 1st.
Gursky, who has photographed the iconic HSBC headquarters in Hong Kong for decades, presents a new vantage point on the Norman Foster-designed skyscraper. The images, of course, ask questions—about powerful structures and their filtration of how we interpret happenings; about political movements (umbrellas, of course, protect us from the rain, but what else?), and of course, that liminal chasm between what is material, and what is ethereal.
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