Jeff Wall, 'A Sudden Gust of Wind (after Hokusai)' 1993

Jeff Wall
A Sudden Gust of Wind (after Hokusai) 1993
Photographic transparency and illuminated display case
object: 2500 x 3970 x 340 mm
Purchased with assistance from the Patrons of New Art through the Tate Gallery Foundation and from the Art Fund 1995© Jeff Wall

This week’s work of the week, for Canada Day, is by Canadian photographer Jeff Wall.

The work is called A Sudden Gust of Wind (after Hokusai), Hokusai being the Japanese artist famous for woodblock prints such as The Great Wave off Kanagawa, and of course Travellers Caught in a Sudden breeze at Ejiri, which is the work being reinterpreted here.

Although this looks like a photograph, it is actually a collage. Wall’s technique often uses actors photographed over a period of time, then elements from each picture are doctored to create the desired composition; a tableau of an iconic work. It questions the reality of photographs and our belief in the images that surround us.