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SOME THINGS BLEAK · Charlotte Markus
SOME THINGS BLEAK · Charlotte Markus
SOME THINGS BLEAK · Charlotte Markus
SOME THINGS BLEAK · Charlotte Markus
SOME THINGS BLEAK · Charlotte Markus
SOME THINGS BLEAK · Charlotte Markus
SOME THINGS BLEAK · Charlotte Markus
SOME THINGS BLEAK · Charlotte Markus
SOME THINGS BLEAK · Charlotte Markus
SOME THINGS BLEAK · Charlotte Markus

SOME THINGS BLEAK · Charlotte Markus

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Some Things Bleak is a publication about seeing versus not seeing, about gender, class and climate, a work about representation and reproduction. In short, a vehicle for perception and union.

After leaving the residency in Japan in the spring of 2019 and being back in Amsterdam, Markus felt the need for silence and contemplation. Intuitively, he built a studio setting in the forest and began a photographic process. It started with a found tarpaulin; the same type of blue tarp that is very common in Japan and if one looks closer one often finds a homeless shelter.

The same familiar blue stains we see in Europe on construction sites and in gardens, a fabric that protects from moisture and hides what we shouldn't see. Using the sun as the sole light source, the plants were photographed through the fabric, resulting in images that appeared to be in the sea, underwater, or floating in a blue sky. However, it's just a piece of woven blue plastic that hides what's right in front of us. It blocks our view and hides the natural. a hoax. an illusion. Parallel to artistic writing, such as calligraphy and Rorschach tests, these images also reference blueprints, the first photographs ever taken. The images are poetic and at the same time a somber abstraction of nature, representation and reproducibility. Some Things Bleak is a poetic summary of the artist's thoughts and layered methodology, as the work highlights intersectional viewpoints in the metaphor of the printing process. The book is printed on various papers and various inks (blue, black, white, transparent). These elements are mixed by printing (white on white, white on black, blue on black, blue on white, etc), creating endless new combinations in print.

25x35cm

80pp

text: Sophia Seawell and Charlotte Markus

Design Hans Gremmen