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"Taken by Storm: Art of Storm Thorgerson"
2005-05-06 until 2005-06-04
Inspire Fine Art
Chicago, IL, USA United States of America

Inspire Fine Art, Media Contemporary Arts and wine.com are delighted to announce the Chicago premier of “Taken by Storm: Art of Storm Thorgerson”. This will be the first ever US exhibition dedicated to Storm’s work. Storm Thorgerson, is the artist behind the images synonymous with identifying the pop culture of the 70’s throughout and into the Millennium (eg Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon”, Led Zeppelin’s “House of the Holy”, Cranberries’ “Bury the Hatchet”).

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 recognizable 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’s work has an element of “performance” to it. Storm takes joy in engaging the audience to provoke a reaction through ‘temporary installations’ captured by the camera – 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

Following the successful 2004 London debut, this travelling exhibition will be the first international exhibition of Storm’s artwork since his stroke during the opening night of his Paris exhibition.

The US tour of “Taken by Storm: Art of Storm Thorgerson” will open on May 6th at Inspire Fine Art in Chicago at 435 East Illinois Street at the River East Art Center. The exhibition will continue until June 4th 2005. A press preview will be held on May 5th at 5pm – 8pm with the official opening night reception on May 12th at 6pm – 9pm. Wine.com will be providing a tasting of premier wines from some of the world’s greatest wine regions at both Chicago events. Please visit www.inspirefineart.com for further information on the Chicago show.

The exhibition will remain on tour in the US during 2005/2006 before continuing to Asia and Europe. Limited edition signed and numbered fine art prints, original sculpture and one-of-a-kind artwork will be available at participating galleries, on the gallery websites and at www.takenbystorm.us.

Storm Thorgerson
Eye to Eye for the Scorpians

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