Jeff WallStudy for 'A Sudden Gust of Wind (After Hokusai)' 1993

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Jeff Wall (born 1946)
Study for 'A Sudden Gust of Wind (After Hokusai)'
Date 1993
MediumTransparency on lightbox
Dimensionssupport: 773 x 1215 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1997
Not on display


Wall created this collage of photocopied photographs and paper to assist his working process in the making of A Sudden Gust of Wind (after Hokusai) 1993 (Tate T06951). The completed work is a large back-lit photographic transparency depicting four figures frozen in attitudes as they respond to a gust of wind in a flat, open landscape. The sky above them is scattered with papers released from a folder held by the woman on the left side of the picture. Wall has used the sense of movement across the image from left to right, resulting from the dispersal of papers and other evidence of the wind’s direction, as a device to engage the viewer’s eye and move it over the photograph. To make the work, Wall photographed actors over a period of five months in a landscape outside his home town, Vancouver, at times when similar weather conditions prevailed… (read more)

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