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Galerie Neu (Mehringdamm)

Exhibition Detail
Soul Surprising Innocent Eyes In
Mehringdamm 72
10961 Berlin
Germany


July 21st, 2012 - August 25th, 2012
Opening: 
July 21st, 2012 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
, Mark BorthwickMark Borthwick
© Courtesy of the artist & Galerie Neu
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Mark Borthwick’s exhibition Soul Surprising Innocent Eyes In combines a selection of his
fashion photography from the 1990s, which has never been shown at a gallery before, with
more recent photographic and text-based work, and drawings. There is a sense of time
unfolding in the exhibition, glimpses of past and present moments woven together into a loose
narrative, as if from a fragmented diary. Clusters and collages of Polaroid images are
interspersed with medium-sized inkjet-prints, small drawings, and “letters” written to
Borthwick’s alias Will Shine (the name under which he performs as a musician).
Borthwick’s photographs are atmospheric, saturated with color, with intensely hued light
often adding additional layers to the motifs. The mood evoked by the pastoral scenes and
small-scale portraits, by the quiet, gentle drawings and texts is one of pleasure and intimacy,
dream-like, at times. Decidedly unassuming, these works may indeed be made for innocent
eyes.
In the 1990s, Borthwick gained widespread attention for his fashion photography, which was
featured in magazines such as Purple, Self Service, or French Vogue and helped to shape what
may now be perceived as the decade’s characteristic sensibility for bohemian experimentation
and post-DIY beauty. Since then, Borthwick has expanded the scope of his practice to include
“free” photography, as well as drawing, music, and poetry. His large-scale work A Room with
a View (2010) is currently on view at Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt as part of the
exhibition Fotografie Total (until January 13, 2013).


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