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CLAMPART: Marc Yankus : The Point of Secret
Michael Lundgren : Transfigurations
- 29 Nov 2008 to 3 Jan 2009

Current Exhibition

29 Nov 2008 to 3 Jan 2009
Opening reception:
Saturday, November 29, 2008 6:00 - 8:00 p.m
521-531 West 25th St
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Image © Marc Yankus
Ancient, 2008
Archival pigment print, Edition of 9
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Artists in this exhibition: Marc Yankus, Michael Lundgren


November 29th 2008 – January 3rd 2009

Opening reception:
Saturday, November 29th
6:00 to 8:00 pm

ClampArt is pleased to announce the opening of “The Point of Secret,” Marc Yankus’ second exhibition of photographs at the gallery.

In his newest body of work, Yankus explores mysterious points of intersection—moments when reality and illusion plausibly overlap. Think of a daydream or the haze when waking from a particularly sound sleep. Such gentle transitions are the subject of the artist’s recent photographs. Yankus eloquently writes:

“I am especially fascinated with the city in its rare moments of tranquility—as it sinks into slumber, as it rouses itself to face a new day. At such times the city is all abstraction—looming shapes, diffused light, spectral shadows. In these moments of transient repose, when its elements are briefly cloaked in softness, a kind of beauty envelopes even the most mundane street scene . . . and my work aims to capture that ineluctable quality.”

Just as the city is a layering of decades upon decades—brown-stones set against vast towered backdrops of shining glass and steel—Yankus assembles his photographs in a similar style. Originally trained as a painter, the artist began constructing collages over twenty years ago. Eventually, he began to fold his own photographs into his work, and then, with the advent of digital technologies in the early 1990s, the artist devised a new kind of layering on the computer screen. Beginning with his own soft-focused digital images shot on the streets of the city where he was born and raised, Yankus overlays the photographs with various textures, including scratches and dings from the surfaces of old, flea market tintypes or with the subtle paper patterns from blank pages of yellowing, musty books, effectively melding the present and the past.

Marc Yankus’ fine art and publishing experience span a period of more than twenty-five years. Yankus’ work has been included in exhibitions at The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York; Exit Art, New York City; and the Library of Congress, Washington, DC. His artwork has graced the covers of books by Salman Rushdie, Philip Roth, and Alan Hollinghurst, among many others. His images have also been used for theatrical posters for such acclaimed Broadway shows as Jane Eyre; August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom; and John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, Doubt. Yankus’ work is represented in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C.


November 29th 2008 – January 3rd 2009

Opening reception:
Saturday, November 29th
6:00 to 8:00 pm

For seven years artist Michael Lundgren worked exclusively on a series of photographs entitled, Transfigurations. Began in 2000 while he was still a graduate student at Arizona State University, Lundgren worked in the harsh and beautiful deserts of the American West creating spare photographic landscapes that refer to the heart of these places, not by description, but by metaphor.

As inferred by the title of the body of work, the meaning of these images is not based on their literal content, but rather comes from an engagement with the transformative capacity of the medium of photography. Lundgren writes:

“Through sequence they speak of a search for the elusive, through layers of phenomena unfurled as a story of desert experience.” He continues: “These photographs are . . . a search to understand beauty and terror, which are bound to one utter certainty—change. In the desert nothing is static, even rocks move. Through intuition, I hope to photograph the impossible, to fix the fugitive on film.”

The exhibition coincides with the release of Lundgren’s monograph from Radius Books of the same title.

This is the artist’s first solo show in New York City. His work is represented in the permanent collections of the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Houston Center for Photography; and the Brandts Museum, Museum of Photography, Odense, Denmark; among others.

For more information and images please contact Brian Paul Clamp, Director, or see Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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