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M+B is proud to present Mike Brodie’s highly anticipated second solo exhibition\, A Period of Juvenile Prosperity. The exhibition of thirty new color photographs will be Brodie’s first solo exhibition in six years a nd opens in conjunction with the publication of Brodie’s first monograph be aring the same name\, published by Twin Palms. The exhibition will be shown simultaneously in New York at Yossi Milo Gallery and run at M+B in Los Ang eles from March 16 through May 11\, 2013\, with an opening reception and bo ok signing on Saturday\, March 16 from 6 to 8 pm. 

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For three intense and prolific years\, Brodie crisscrossed the states hopping trains\, hitchhiking and employing whatever freely availabl e means to fuel his burning lust for movement. The resulting photographs we ave a telling photo narrative relatable to Kerouac’s On The Road\, c apturing the raw spirit of adventure and unbridled freedom Brodie and his f riends sought and lived. A natural\, Brodie’s camera functioned as an exten sion of himself\, an obsession. There was no thought-out intention to docum ent or record\, the resulting images just happened after Brodie foun d a Polaroid SX-70 on the backseat of a friend’s car. Soulfully and intimat ely depicted against a constant backdrop of movement are savages “riding su icide\,” maps in filthy hands\, tender moments of slumber and ruddy faces f ramed by wind-whipped hair eagerly leaning into the next adventure. Brodie’ s tightly knit traveling community was bound by movement\, ravenous for lif e’s varied experiences and interactions and fueled by an intense curiosity to see\, to feel\, to meet something and someone beyond the towns in which they had been raised. Living outside of society’s norms\, this highly creat ive group lived neither on nor off\, but parallel to the beaten path\, glea ning society’s detritus along the way to support their chosen version of th e American Dream.

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The photographs also document a period of transition in Brodie’s life—just after puberty and ju st before manhood—when hitchhiking for the thrill of the open road\, catchi ng rides on freight trains bound for another nowhere town\, eating the food left to rot by others and drinking the cheapest alcohol that crosses your lips seems like a perfectly logical and honest way to spend your days. Brod ie’s tableau repurposes symbols of decline—trains\, Polariods\, 35mm film\, thrift store clothes—into a seemingly alluring form of ad hoc glamour and freedom tinged with punk rock idealism.  The characters drift through post- industrial America. The result: a balance of comeliness and crustiness\, fi lth and beauty\, all finely measured by movement\, a desire to move on and\ , at some point\, move out of the picture. Although Brodie was never traine d\, his photographs are an honest and sincere look at the practice of photo graphy that can only come from historical unawareness of the medium. Unknow ingly\, Brodie’s images follow in the footsteps of photographers like Rober t Frank\, William Eggleston\, Walker Evans and Nan Goldin.

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Born in 1985\, Brodie was raised between Phoenix and P ensacola along with his younger brother\, Jake\, by a single working mother . Perhaps one might assume Brodie had little to lose when he hopped his fir st train at seventeen\, but Brodie wasn’t escaping\, he was searching. Sinc e that first train ride\, Brodie has ridden over 50\,000 miles through fort y-six states\, documenting the people and places he encountered along the w ay. From 2004 to 2006\, Brodie shot exclusively on SX-70 Time-Zero film\, e arning him the moniker the Polaroid Kidd: a name he would tag on boxcars an d walls. When Time-Zero film was discontinued\, Brodie moved from these car efully framed gems to more candid moments shooting with a 1980 Nikon F3 wit h 35mm film from 2006 to 2009. The immediacy of the photographic medium com bined with Brodie’s innocence of spirit and raw approach provides a distinc t style and authentic voice within the lexicon of photographic history that is so uniquely his own\, while simultaneously characteristically American.

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Mike Brodie won the Baum Award for Em erging American Photographers in 2007 and has been included in exhibitions at the DeCordova Museum (Lincoln\, MA) and the Sonoma State University Art Gallery (Sonoma\, CA). Brodie’s work is held in the permanent collections o f the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Berkeley Museum of Art. Br odie’s first exhibition in 2006 at M+B garnered critical attention\, and hi s work went on to be reviewed in The New York Times\, The New Yor ker\, American PHOTO\, pdn and others. One never to gravi tate towards attention\, as soon as Brodie began gaining fame for his image s\, he retreated into obscurity\, focusing his obsession on becoming a dies el mechanic: a job that he currently pursues in Oakland with the same passi on he approached to image-making.

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