Marc Brandenburg (b. 1965) is a multimedia artist who was born and currently lives and works in Berlin. Interested in scenes of power and excess, the artist is known for his graphite-on-paper drawings that adopt the look of photographic negatives. Brandenburg makes and appropriates original and found photographs in his drawings to depict crowds at soccer games and political protests, as well as celebrities and consumer objects borrowed from the mass media.
The exhibition Marc Brandenburg: Version derives from the artist’s ongoing Hirnsturm series in a site-specific installation of screen printed images in an enclosed space illuminated by black light, as well as a sound installation in the storefront entrance. Referencing the aesthetics of cinema, music and dance club culture, Version emphasizes the tension between the precision of photo-realist figuration and the abstraction of images from their original context and form.
Marc Brandenburg has had several solo exhibitions, including Marc Brandenburg at the Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt (2005); Underground, a public art commission by the city of Berlin (2007); and, most recently, Deutsch-Amerikanische Freundschaft (German-American Friendship) at Denver Art Museum (2010). His work is represented in the collections of the Hamburger Kunsthalle in Hamburg, the Kupferkabinett, Berlin; the Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt, The Museum of Modern Art in New York and The Studio Museum in Harlem, among others.
OFF/SITE is a collaboration between The Studio Museum in Harlem and the Goethe-Institut New York. Both institutions are committed to examining contemporary ideas from a culturally specific, global context—black culture and culture from Germany, respectively. OFF/SITE features two site-specific artist projects and a series of public programs at the Wyoming Building, the Goethe-Institut’s programming space in the East Village.