Framing not included
- Pigment Print
- Edition Size:
- 115.0 x 86.4 cm (45.2 x 34.0 in)
- Signed, dated and numbered
About the Artwork
This image of an atomic blast belongs to Longo’s “The Sickness of Reason” body of work. It is based on an archival photograph of the first Chinese hydrogen bomb test performed June 17, 1967. The “The Sickness of Reason” series was inspired by an encounter with his children, in which they mistook an image of an atomic blast for a weather phenomenon.
"The roses and the bombs and the waves are things that exist at the moment of their being: [...]They are at the moment of their fulfilment."
Longo's elegant depiction of the looming mushroom cloud and the reality of what it signifies creates an elemental tension with this highly accomplished drawing. Hercules combines sublime beauty with raw and threatening physical power, creating a visual and narrative tension, which fluctuates between awe and fear.
About the Artist
Robert Longo (born 1953, in Brooklyn, New York) had a childhood fascination with mass media: movies, television, magazines and comic books, which continue to deeply influence his art. One of the quintessential artists of the 1980s, Longo is perhaps best known for the writhing, dancing figures in his iconic Men in the Cities series.
About the printing Technique
The term "pigment print" is used generally for any type of printed image that uses strictly pigments. Pigments can be either on a mineral basis or they can be an artificial product. The image stability of pigment printing is superior to that of any other method of printing.