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Marc Lüders: Photography & Painting

09.09.2010 - 02.10.2010

11 Church Street London NW8 8EE

Installation by Vasilis Asimakopoulos

Opening: Wednesday 8th September 2010 6 – 9 pm

Exhibition dates: 9th September to 9th October 2010

Patrick Heide Contemporary Art is delighted to present the first solo exhibition of Hamburg based artist Marc Lüders in London.
Innovatively combining the classic mediums of photography and painting, Lüders’ London show will present an overview of the German artist’s so-called ‘photopictures’, featuring a wide range of recent pieces alongside selected earlier works reaching as far back as the later 90s.

The main body of work on display belongs to Lüders’ more intimate and enigmatic series, where painted abstract objects or figures populate black and white photographs.
Landscapes, shabby hallways, desolate housing estates and bathrooms have been carefully chosen and photographed by the artist as settings and backgrounds for his painted mise-en-scenes.
Roughly outlined creatures and sketched in figures are inserted into photographs exuding loss or loneliness, reminiscent of passing moments in film noir. Densely painted abstract objects in the shape of single brushstrokes hover in midair in similar spaces and create suspended dream-like atmospheres verging on the surreal that raise his imagery to new contextual and mysterious levels.

A more realistic, factual and rather critical approach characterizes Lüders’ more recent series. In the photo-realistically executed Supermarket series, painted figures emerge among the upside down photographed aisles in American delis and late night stores. These images convey a much more direct message of our consumer culture with supermarkets as dehumanized shopping temples.
In the most recent Abu Ghraib series, Lüders completely subverts his usual creative process by painting over tortured figures of images sourced from the Internet and restores the rooms to their original figureless look. Yet somehow the image of the vanished figure is looming in our imagination, once again a critical comment on the media manipulation in current politics and the forgetful but troubled memory of the human mind.

Lüders achievement is to establish a totally new and complex relationship between the painted and the photographed image and environment, they are thoughtful yet courageous experiments to push the borders of these traditional mediums.
His earlier work is playing with the psychology and concepts of Surrealism and experimental theatre and film. Recently, the intentionally de-contextualized images have been substituted by more direct and criticizing subject matters, which nevertheless leave the viewer with a sense of unease and mystery.

Born in Hamburg in 1963, Marc Lüders studied at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences and in 1994 anthropology and philosophy in Mainz. He has exhibited widely in Germany and the US and won several prizes and scholarships such as Germany’s prolific Villa Massimo in Olevano Romano, Italy.
Lüders lives and works in Hamburg, his work is part of the Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago, Nord/LB in Hanover, DZ Bank Frankfurt, and several private collections in Europe and the US.

Marc Lüders’ exhibition inaugurates a new series of gallery events, where a gallery artist will be shown together with a work or installation by a recent graduate from one of London’s prolific art schools.
For this first show the installation ‘The Great Vastness’ by Greek artist Vasilis Asimakopoulos will be presented. Interested in projecting todays’ reality into the future, the MA student at Royal College of Art uses everyday objects to create extreme post-apocalyptic scenarios, a message bound to reinforce the biting criticism of Lüders’ Supermarket and Abu Graib series.


...Overview 2010