We recently discovered the photographic works Marc Yankus.
Marc’s images capture the city in ways that are at once familiar, gritty, artful and dreamlike. One image immediately caught our attention, entitled: “Side of Building”
The image resides in his “Cityscapes” / “The space between” collections within his on-line portfolio. This particular image is of the side of an existing building at 10 East 15th Street in Manhattan. The wall in the image has recently been covered by a new PKSB-designed public school for the New York City School Construction Authority. What we admire about Marc’s image is the way in which it elevates this moment of time at the site to the level of art. It’s like cutting into a “city cake” and having an “ah-ha” moment in seeing the layers inside. It captures the gritty NYC context but also exposes history, decay, growth and new potential. Architects constantly look to Art for inspiration and new perspectives. This work shows the beauty in the existing brickwork, the subtle colors, textures, and scale of the established NYC context, and the memory of a building long gone. Architects and sculptors often try to capture these qualities in their final designs in order to relate to the city (One thinks of the sculpture “Bronx Floors” by Gordon Matta-Clark 1943-1978). In his series of photographic works, Marc Yankus reminds us that when we peel away the “avenue veneer,” cut into, expose, and embrace buildings for what they really are, beauty can be re-defined.