Natasha Akhmerova and the Barbarian Art Gallery feel particularly honored of presenting a solo show by the international renowned Zurich based artist MARCK. Under the title “No Way Out – Kein Weg zur Freiheit” a selection of the artist’s newest VIDEO SCUPLTURES will be exhibited in the Barbarian Art Gallery. “Who is MARCK and what does he do? He seems to enjoy locking women up in metal boxes only to watch them struggle trying to find the exit, or abandon them on the high seas with nothing but a plank of wood to hold on to. He suspends them in space exposed to a swaying sickle. They are left to fend for themselves in a pool of water, surrounded by four walls with no way out. Are they prisoners of some external circumstances or is this a reflection of an internal struggle for freedom? MARCK succeeds in confronting us with the Ur-Angst. His interpretation elicits a range of emotions always outdone by the irresistible urge to watch just a little while longer. The woman moves gracefully, searching for a way out, seemingly unaffected by the hopelessness of her situation yet never losing faith in her ability to break out. This struggle, familiar to all of us since birth, the fear of failure and ultimately death... The power of MARCK’s work is enhanced by his choice of materials – he transforms an ordinary appliance into a video sculpture. ‹Pandora’s Box› with it’s three dimensional appeal serves as the showpiece of this approach.
The lady capturing the viewer’s attention is MARCK’s life partner – Sandra is a dancer, actress and Mother. MARCK has spent several years in Zurich, Switzerland working as a “handyman” and finding time to participate regularly in various art projects. In 2005 he joined a group of artists represented by the project gallery LICHT FELD in Basel, Switzerland.” Fredy Hadorn MARCK’s work has since been successfully represented in international exhibitions and art fairs, such as at SCOPE Basel, NYC, and Miami, at the Hamptons in Basel, at the Contemporary in Istanbul, and at the Art Moscow. Nowadays Marck’s work is represented through renowned private collections in the USA, Canada, France, Turkey, Switzerland, Rumania, Lebanon, Germany, The Netherlands and Italy. MARCK’s creations can also be found in international public collections, such us the Doosan Artcenter in Seoul, the Borusan Holding Collection in Istambul and the Grande Finale Collection in Freland, France.