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"Storm Thorgerson: Taken by Storm"
2004-09-22 until 2004-10-09
John Martin Gallery
London, , UK United Kingdom

Storm Thorgerson is the artist behind the images synonymous with identifying the pop culture of the 70's throughout and into the Millennium (eg Dark Side of the Moon: Wish You Were Here, Division Bell, House of the Holy). Creating visually beautiful and thought-provoking art, Storm's work has featured on a variety of single and album covers and collected in books including "Eye of the Storm", "Mind over Matter" and "Walk Away Renee".

Storm's distinctive style has made his artwork one of the most recognisable in the music industry. He is responsible for the iconic images we associate with bands like Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Cranberries, Black Sabbath, Peter Gabriel, and 10cc amongst others.

The distinctive and edgy style of Storm Thorgerson Art has an element of "performance" to it. The Artist visualises the concept, creates the imaginative scene and then captures it through photography - the 'temporary installation' is caught through the camera and then it is gone, leaving behind a photograph as the only evidence of the occurrence, which is what appears on the album cover. Storm takes joy in engaging the audience to provoke a reaction - is it reality or is it fantasy?

I like photography because it is a reality medium, unlike drawing which is unreal. I like to mess with reality. Bend reality. Some of my works beg the question of is it real or not? I use real elements in unreal ways. Is the man really on fire? Why would he just be standing there? Who put the beds on the beach? Why? Why is there a cow on the cover? It doesn't have anything to do with the album, or does it? A boxer dog in designer boxer shorts on a beach?

Incongruity. I like to create things that are unlikely (dog in designer shorts), unbelievable (beds on a beach) and unacceptable (setting a man on fire). Make people doubt what they see. How real is real? My work triggers sufficient interest in what it 'is' and makes people ask what it 'means'.
-- Storm Thorgerson, private interview, 2004

This represents the first exhibition of Storm's artwork since his stroke at the opening night of his Paris exhibition last year. For an exciting insight into the man behind these iconic images, the exhibition of Storm Thorgerson's art is an opportunity not to be missed!

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