Maybe it’s just me, and that I’ve recently become more aware of it, but there seems to be a lot of Superhero-themed art around lately. Even just strolling through the Chelsea Market a couple of weeks ago, the walls were covered with photos of superheroes in everyday poses by photographer Gregg Segal.
Currently at Berlin’s Galerie Dreschler, the Germany-based artist Patricia Waller has an exhibit entitled Broken Heroes. These sculptural pieces illustrate superheroes and cartoon characters in what look like humorous situations at first glance, but upon closer look, they evoke a sadness through their misfortunes and personality disorders.
Waller views her work as a critical reflection on the cult of celebrity, today’s substitute for the superhero: