Andreas Gursky: Ocean I-VI

The Sprüth Magers gallery in Berlin is currently showing a new series of work by Andreas Gursky, inspired by the blue void of ocean displayed on an in-flight monitor during a flight from Dubai to Melbourne

Andreas Gursky, Ocean I, 2010, 249.4 x 348.4 x 6.4 cm, C-Print © Andreas Gursky / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2010. Courtesy Sprüth Magers Berlin London

The Sprüth Magers gallery in Berlin is currently showing a new series of work by Andreas Gursky, inspired by the blue void of ocean displayed on an in-flight monitor during a flight from Dubai to Melbourne…

The Ocean I-VI series is on show from 1 May until 19 June at Sprüth Magers and features six new large-scale works by the German artist. The work apparently originates from Gursky being struck by the pictorial quality of the back-of-seat display as it showed the wide expanse of water that he was flying 35,000ft above (with the Horn of Africa to the far left of the screen, a tip of Australia to the right).

A text on the Sprüth Magers website explains the processes involved of creating the resulting series of images. “Gursky used high-definition satellite photographs which he augmented from various picture sources on the Internet,” say the gallery. “The satellite photos are restricted however to exposures of sharply contoured land masses. Consequently the transitional zones between land and water – as well as the oceans themselves – had to be generated completely by artificial means.

“Given that they make up by far the largest part of the works, this resulted in a gigantic project that only compares with the efforts Gursky lavished on the series F1 Boxenstopp (2007). That all these pieces nevertheless convey the feeling of real subaquatic depths is due solely to the precision of Gursky’s visual work. He even consulted shoal maps to get the right colour nuances for the water surfaces.”

Andreas Gursky, Ocean VI, 2010, 340.9 x 249.4 x 6.4 cm (framed), C-Print © Andreas Gursky / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2010. Courtesy Sprüth Magers Berlin London

Installation shot from the Sprüth Magers show

More info on Gursky’s new work, plus images of the pieces in the show, here.

  • Fascinating work and a great concept. Shame the exhibition is in Berlin as I’d love to see these huge abstract pieces in person…

  • One of my favorite photographers, Gursky always delivers. Stunning work.

  • Pete – Manchester

    Viewing Gursky’s work over the internet is like ordering caviar from the chippy. Such a shame

  • Pete, one of the best analogies I’ve heard mate, have to remember that little gem! I share your view entirely and would extend it to most photography/visual arts. As you said it’s just a shame that online is the only way most people ever get to experience ‘art’ these days and shamefully that includes myself a lot of the time!

  • Gursky does very good work.

    Always great to see some new pieces ans exhibition.

    He has his own style and I love it.

    Thanks for the info.

  • Gursky is a great artist from german “Becher Schule”. But his works are very very expensive.