Exogamy : Mike Marcus in UK

January 29, 2009

i thought these photos were pretty amazing, so i posted the press release. i believe it can stand on its own legs. posted by caroline picard.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: London, England. 29th January 2009 –

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Street artist and photographer Mike Marcus will release the first print from his new ‘Exogamy #2’ series on February the 12th 2009. The image features a triptych of intersexual hybrid figures, each a digital “genetic” synthesis of the artist’s own self-portrait with that of a woman who he encountered in his daily life. In this case, he met each of the donor females via a different Internet social network.

There will be an accompanying release of 33 unique large format public works; one placed in each of the London boroughs. This is indicative of a new creative direction for Marcus, marrying his ‘street art’ and ‘fine art photography’ careers into one unified practice. The edition consists of 85 20×16 inch silver gelatin photographs on 300gsm fiber based semigloss paper, individually hand printed by the artist in the darkroom from a digital internegative. Each print is hand finished to archival standards, signed and numbered verso and expected to last for over 150 years*.

THE ARTIST: Mike Marcus is a conceptual street artist and photographer born in the UK and now working between London and Tel Aviv. He is best known for his iconic images of a mannequin wearing a gas mask which appeared in their thousands on the streets of London and New York during 2008. His photographic work has been exhibited in the Royal west of England Academy of the Arts and the Ben Ami Gallery, Israel. His street art has been featured in books such as ‘Street Art, The Graffiti Revolution’ by Cedar Lewisohn and magazines including TimeOut who labeled him as Israel’s answer to Banksy. Marcus’ commercial work has included commissions for Coca Cola, L’Oreal and Orange and eight feature film credits including “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, 2007” and “The Dark Knight, 2008”. Marcus’ art ranges from harshly political pieces such as the “CS” series where he exposed himself to tear gas and photographed the results to more subtle commentary on states of isolation within contemporary urban society. He often works in black and white and seamlessly uses digital image manipulation to keep the viewer questioning the nature of their observations. His practice spans “urban” and “fine” art, blatantly refusing to fit into a single genre.

More information can be found at http://mikemarcus.blogspot.com

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