Imagine if buildings could talk. What would they say? That’s the premise of photographer Marc Yankus’s new exhibit at ClampArt in New York, “The Secret Life of Buildings,” which seeks to immortalize the city’s iconic, and often overlooked, architectural triumphs, from the Dorilton apartments to the Flatiron Building.
Part tonic and part “Twilight Zone,” the photographer Marc Yankus’s series “The Secret Lives of Buildings” conjures an alternate reality — a quieter, more ethereal New York City than the one that really exists.
NEW YORK CITY teems with beautiful buildings, but it can be hard to admire them through the crowds and the grime.
Photographer Marc Yankus imagines the Big Apple devoid of these distractions in The Secret Lives of Buildings, a fanciful look at what the city might be like without all those cars and stuff. “It’s like walking into a parallel universe, one that’s not packed and dense,” he says.
Throughout his childhood, Marc Yankus had a stepfather who often told him to go outside and play in traffic. Yankus instead took to the streets of New York, where his appreciation for architecture grew. His exploration also led him to the American wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a place where he said he “spent a lot of time pretending I was going back in time.”
We featured a portfolio of the artist Marc Yankus’s “Secret Lives of Buildings” series in our Winter 2014 issue. Last week, Yankus packed the newly relocated ClampArt gallery for his fifth solo show, up through November 26. His new work furthers his obsession with New York’s architecture; once again, Yankus plays with geometry, texture, and ornament, tricking the eye with his masterful and often painterly attention to brick and mortar.