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Idris Khan
Every...Bernd And Hilla Becher Gable Sided Houses

2004

Photographic print

208 x 160 cm
Since 1959 Bernd and Hilla Becher have been photographing industrial structures that exemplify modernist engineering, such as gas reservoirs and water towers. Their photographs are often presented in groups of similar design; their repeated images make these everyday buildings seem strangely imposing and alien. Idris Khan’s Every... Bernd And Hilla Becher... series appropriates the Bechers’ imagery and compiles their collections into single super-images. In this piece, multiple images of American-style gabled houses are digitally layered and super-imposed giving the effect of an impressionistic drawing or blurred film still.
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Idris Khan
The Creation

2009

Lightjet print mounted on aluminium

183 x 305 cm
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Idris Khan
Every...Bernd And Hilla Becher Prison Type Gasholders

2004

Photographic print

208 x 160 cm
The structures in the Bechers’ original photographs are almost identical, though in Khan’s hands the images’ contrast and opacity is adjusted to ensure each layer can be seen and has presence. Though Khan works in mechanised media and his images are of industrial subjects, their effect is of a soft ethereal energy. They exude a transfixing spiritual quality in their densely compacted details and ghostly outlines. ...Prison Type Gasholders conveys a sense of time depicted in motion, as if transporting the old building, in its obsolete black and white format, into the extreme future.
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Idris Khan
Every...Bernd And Hilla Becher Spherical Type Gasholders

2004

Photographic print

208 x 160 cm
The Bechers took their photos as a means to document a disappearing tradition; by grouping them according to ‘typology’ the buildings’ designs function like archetypal symbols or an architectural language. Through Khan’s translucent aggregations, structures such as ...Spherical Type Gasholders lose their commanding simplicity and rigid formalism and descend into fractured and gestural blurs. Through his photographs Khan compresses the timeline of repetition into indivisible subsuming moments and creates a poetic mutability from the fixed codes of history.

OTHER RESOURCES

the-artists.org
Modern and contemporary artists and art; Idris Khan

findarticles.com
A focus on six of the best (including Idris Khan)by Sue Steward
Victoria Miro’s six handpicked young photographic artists represent a spectrum of historical, aesthetic and technical approaches to photography today…The photographs by outstanding young RCA graduate Idris Khan resemble charcoal drawings. He reinterprets thousands of pre- existing photographs, including Gasworks by German photographers Bernd and Hilla, by digitally rephotographing and superimposing them.

victoria-miro.com - Idris Khan at Victoria Miro
Idris Khan creates multi-layered photographs, often of appropriated art and books, in a way that both augments the aura of the original and reveals the idiosyncratic trace of his own hand. Khan's work explores the history of photography and literature, the beauty of repetition and the anxieties of authorship.

victoria-miro.com
- Press reviews on Idris Khan
2005 - Art Review, Charles Darwent, Look to the Future, August 2005
2005 - Modern Painters, Brian Dillon, On Photography, March 2005
2004 - Next Level, Edition 03, Volume 02, Idris Khan, 'Every..', 2004