White Cube Bermondsey is pleased to present an exhibition by Andreas Gursky, his first in London since 2007 and his second with the gallery. Gursky’s photographs frequently depict the landscape and structures of late capitalism; its sites of industry, leisure and consumption with sharp and critical acuity. In this exhibition, which includes both new and earlier work, Gursky addresses aspects of both high and low visual culture, exploring the themes of image manufacture and exchange, as well as ideas of authenticity, ownership and control in our increasingly digitised age.
The exhibition includes the first of a new series of images inspired by Hollywood comic-book heroes, set in isolated and idealized landscape settings. Some of these so-called 'Super Hero' works incorporate actual figures from the feature films – Iron Man 3, The Amazing Spider-Man - while others seek to convey impressions of instantly recognizable iconic characters. With an economy of means, these images assert the power of fantasy and the pervasiveness of pop cultural imagery and their combined effects on the collective consciousness.