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Marco Breuer, Part _ of _ Parts

Von Lintel Gallery
520 West 23rd Street, 212-242-0599
May 7 - June 13, 2009
Reception: Thursday, May 7, 6 - 8 PM
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Von Lintel Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new photographs by Marco Breuer, inaugurating our new ground floor location at 520 W. 23rd Street.

Part _ of _ Parts is comprised of five distinct bodies of work, ranging from motion studies to recordings of early light sources. Breuer raises questions about time, materiality, and visual perception—themes that have been central to his long-time investigations in photography. The series play off each other and loop back conceptually and visually.

For this exhibition, Breuer subjected photographic paper to a 12-gauge shotgun, one-time flashbulbs, and a modified turntable, among other tools. The resulting images are as raw as they are exquisite. Light itself is the subject of many of the works. For Early Light, Breuer created paper negatives using a self-made 20×24 camera (what he refers to as a “light trap”), exposing both b&w and color paper to a range of photographic light sources. In another series, Breuer shot at boxes of photo paper, in effect turning them into cameras themselves.

The exhibition’s impact is accumulative. Part _ of _ Parts is circular and self-reflexive in approach, but full of distortions, continually collapsing past and present: a complex meditation on the origins and the future of the medium. Breuer’s brand of iconoclasm is understated and offbeat, yet razor-sharp in challenging and subverting the accepted conventions of photography.

Marco Breuer has exhibited extensively in the United States and Europe since 1993. His work is in numerous public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the George Eastman House, and the New York Public Library. He received a Guggenheim fellowship in 2006. In 2007 Aperture published Early Recordings, a monograph of Breuer’s work. He recently curated The Innerworld of the Outerworld of the Innerworld at Von Lintel Gallery.
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