Robert Longo continues to explore the potential of his crisp, breath-taking style, particularly through imagery of powerful figures and events. In Ivy Mike, the blackness of a calm sea reflects the blast of a massive nuclear explosion. Here the artist explores an object of fascination and control by depicting the induced event – sublime and atrocious at once – in minute detail.
The artist has said: ”I stumbled on the bombs. I remember showing my kids a picture of Nagasaki, and I asked them what it was. They thought it was a weather effect.”
Part of "The Sickness of Reason" series, this powerful asrtwork concentrates the essence of an uncontrollable and dangerous nature, capturing the tension encapsulated in one of the most complicated and emotionally charged subjects of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries: nuclear weapons.