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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Marc Yankus

Dates:  1957, 10 April -
Active:  Global
Website:  www.marcyankus.com
 
  
American contemporary photographer.

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Artistic statement
 
My work reveals, before all else, a particular appreciation of urban history and, more specifically, a recognition that the passing of time is relative, and mutable, in big cities. I am drawn to old architecture, to buildings erected in an era when greater care was taken in the choice of building materials, and in the ways in which those materials were handled and finished. And I am drawn to the frankly romantic, even mystic, dimension of great cities—which are places of struggle and growth, but also of wonderment and ever-unfolding engagement. They are places were it is all too easy to get lost, but where it is also possible to find oneself—and, in that process, develop a lifelong love of city life and its denizens.
 
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 envelops even the most mundane street scenes… and my work aims to capture that ineluctable quality.
 
I trained as a painter, and then began creating collages into which I incorporated my own photographs. My current work draws on all of that prior experience, although in my photographic images I am, in effect, reversing the process that I used in making collages—by turning the photographic images themselves into collages. I digitally layer textures over the original image. This process of superimposing the old on the new serves as a metaphor for my wider conceptual interests, because my newest works—which are hushed and introspective, and which can be touched with melancholy—are, ultimately, reflections of the past, of my past, and of the passage of time.
 
Education
 
1977-1981 School of Visual Arts, BFA, New York City
1973-1975 High School of Art and Design, New York City
 
Solo Exhibitions
 
2009 “Marc Yankus”, Wave Photogallery, Brescia, Italy
2008 “The Point of Secret”, ClampArt, New York City
2007 “Time and Again,” Photographic Center North West, Seattle, WA
2006 “Time and Again,” ClampArt, New York City
1984 “Windows,” Tiffany & Company, New York City
1983 Leonard Pearlson Gallery, New York City
1981 School of Visual Arts, New York City
1979 “Windows,” Tiffany & Company, New York City
 
Group Exhibitions
 
2009 “Night Moves, Angles of View”,” Farmani Gallery, Dumbo, New York
2008 “Re•Visions,” Linstrum + Matre Artworks, Atlanta, Georgia
2008 “Photography Now 2008,” Center For Photography at Woodstock, New York
2008 “Photo LA”, ClampArt booth, Barker Hangar, Santa Monica, California
2007 “Best of Arles Foto Folio,” Farmani Gallery, LA, California
2007 “Foto Folio Winner,” Les Rencontres d’Arles, Arles, France
2007 “Degrees of Separation,” Peer Gallery, New York City, NY
2007 “The Evolution of the Digital Portrait,” ClampArt, New York City, NY
2007 “Joyce Elaine Grant Photography Exhibition,” Visual Arts Department Fine Arts Gallery at Texas Woman’s University, Denton, Texas
2007 “Photo LA”, ClampArt booth, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, California
2006 Photo Miami, SOHO Building, Miami, Florida
2006 “Public Private,” Jenkins Johnson Gallery, New York City, NY
2006 “It’s very difficult to keep the line between the past and the present. You know what I mean?,” ClampArt, New York City, NY
2006 “12th Annual Juried Exhibition,” Griffin Museum of Photography, Wincester, Massachusetts (Juried by Bonni Benrubi) Honorable Mention
2006 “Small Works,” 80 Washington Square East Galleries, New York City (Juried by Jack Shainman) Honorable Mention
2006 “Photo LA,” ClampArt booth, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, California
2005 “Summer Show,” ClampArt, New York City
2005 “Group Show,” Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, Washington
2005 “Group Show,” Elaine Fleck Gallery, Toronto
2004 “Horizontal Waves Nurture Art,” Gallery Boreas, New York City
2002 “September 11th: Acquisitions,” Library of Congress, Department of Prints and Photographs, Washington, DC
2002 “Witness,” Exit Art, New York City
2002 “Deep Beauty,” Ciao Bella, Brooklyn, New York
2001 “Muses,” Leslie-Lohman Gallery, New York City
1995 “Siggraph Sex Show,” New York City
1994 Ansel Adams Gallery, San Francisco, California
1983 “The Great East River Bridge,” The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York
1981 “An Exhibit of Small Collages,” The Key Gallery, New York City
1980 “Surrealist Collages,” The Key Gallery, New York City
1980 Motivation 5 Gallery, Montreal, Canada
 
Awards and honors
 
2006 Honorable Mention, “12th Annual Juried Exhibition,” Griffin Museum of Photography, Wincester, Massachusetts (Juried by Bonni Benrubi)
Honorable Mention, “Small Works,” 80 Washington Square East Galleries, New York City (Juried by Jack Shainman)
Nominated for the Santa Fe Prize for Photography, Santa Fe Center for Photography, Santa Fe, New Mexico
 
Public collections
 
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 2007
Library of Congress, Department of Prints and Photographs, Washington, DC, 2002  
  
 
  
 
  
 
  
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