Marc Brandenburg’s elaborate pencil drawings are characterised by their meticulousness and love of detail. With the distanced gaze of a beholder, he photographs familiar and intimate objects, capturing new perspectives on everyday scenes – usually in his hometown Berlin. He then takes these photographs as the material for his works, transferring them onto paperin a negative process. His oeuvre is marked by contrasts. He not only employs black and white as a stylistic device for his sketches, but also reverses what we normally see. He transforms the originally coloured image into the clear black and white of a pencil drawing. To create an even larger distance, he inverts this process once again so that his drawings appear to be negatives: what was light becomes dark, what was black becomes white. Although his works are representational, his approach creates an abstracted image, defamiliarises the familiar and offers new perspectives on everyday life.
Marc Brandenburg is showing a larger-than-life Michael Jackson portrait, where the “King of Pop” glows in the light of a black box. Jackson was a 1980s pop icon whose music influenced an entire generation, and whose controversial lifestyle was always topic of debate right up until his tragic death. The artist shows Jackson in a typical pose at the height of his career, prior to the innumerable operations he underwent to correct his appearance. In the grip of his obsession with beauty, Michael Jackson became increasingly disfigured, ultimately losing touch with reality. Marc Brandenburg gives us a premonition of his tragic end while the singer looks melancholic and lost, seemingly from another world.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2011 Marc Brandenburg – Zeichnungen, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany
2010 Version, Wyoming Building, Goethe Institute New York / The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, USA
2010 Deutsch-Amerikanische Freundschaft, Denver Art Museum, DAM Contemporaries, Denver, USA
2005 Marc Brandenburg, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Selected Group Exhibitions
2011 Collected, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, USA
2011 LINELINELINE, Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales, Montevideo, Uruguay
2009 Compass in Hand: Selections from The Judith Rothschild Foundation – Contemporary Drawings Collection, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
2007 10 Jahre Weltempfänger, Galerie der Gegenwart, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany