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Solo exhibition in Illums Bolighus 2012 from 3th of May - 5th of August 2012.

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  • MARIE WENGLER

    Solo exhibition in Illums Bolighus 20123th of May - 5th of August

    fine art photography

  • Marie Wengler (born 1992)

    Since a very young age I have worked with and have been interested in both arts

    and photography. Over the years, it has become increasingly obvious to merge these

    two disciplines together, and during the past years I have therefore increasingly ex-

    plored and developed diverse artistic photographic expressions. Interesting about

    photography as an artistic expression is, that you can capture a unique moment

    through a camera, which may contain many varying moods and emotions. The frozen

    and unique expression and mood in each image can be increased and subsequently

    highlighted by using digital manipulation techniques, whereby the original photo-

    graph gains a new expression and meaning.

    Over the past few years my experimental approach to photography has resulted in

    several different photographic series of widely varying themes and artistic focus

    (visit www.mariewengler.com to see more images). The contrasting photographic

    series that I have worked with indicate the development that my artistic expres-

    sion has gone through so far - although it certainly and hopefully will continue to

    evolve in the future. Through increased knowledge and inspiration from the works

    of other and more established artists, I seek to further develop my personal experi-

    ence of art and my artistic expression. I seek to transcend both my own and the

    viewers boundaries when I create art. From previously being less aware of a recur-

    ring theme and message in my pictures, I now spend months preparing each image

    and the overall theme of a series of images before a photo-shoot. I therefore still

    have lots of ideas to bring alive in the future and I really look forward to this process.

    Dehumanization

    Size: 70 x 100 cm

    Edition 1/6

    The photograpic print face is mounted to glossy acrylic and aluminium, which provides a rigid and flat surface.

  • Faceless/Anonymous Existence

    Size: 70 x 100 cm

    Edition 1/6

    The photograpic print face is mounted to glossy acrylic and aluminium, which provides a rigid and flat surface.

  • After a couple of years with limited artistic possibilities due

    to an increased focus on improving my educational skills, Ive

    finally resumed my passion for art and photography after

    finishing high school in the summer of 2011. I have since

    worked intensively to increase my skill and I will in future

    continue to expand, challenge and develop my understand-

    ing of both art and photography. However, I still have much

    to learn, many new forms of artistic and photographic ex-

    pressions to explore, many photographic and artistic image

    series to create.

    Disintegration Into Meaninglessness/Anonymity

    Size: 50 x 130 cm

    Edition 1/6

    The photograpic print face is mounted to glossy acrylic and aluminium, which provides a rigid and flat surface.

  • Most of the images which are displayed in the exhibition Generation Y?

    in Illums Bolighus are part of a series of portraits. Through the use of

    different remedies the pictures are intended to emphasize feelings of

    both fascination and disgust, of absurdity and identification. The im-

    ages challenge the youthful innocence, they seek to reveal the inner

    primitive human instincts - the personal dark side, usually suppressed

    but still existing in each individual.

    The portraits depict the late/post modern, anonymous and individu-

    alized human existential issues in a society of threat, where techno-

    logical change is increasingly affecting and changing human relation-

    ships and interaction patterns. The fear/anxiety of alienation from

    our own identity and body in a rapidly changing, complex, globalized

    world is highlighted. A desire to not be insignificant and ignored as

    individuals and to feel alive. The quest to avoid loneliness, isolation

    and the feeling of lifes meaninglessness. The frustration at not being

    able to live up to societys demands and standards for perfection and

    success if you make the wrong decisions in life. Subsequently, individ-

    uals in some pictures screaming out this desperation.

    From community-based requirements to human life, it is now individu-

    alized requirements that have an impact on our own lives. We create

    our own lives without strong regulation from family and community,

    offering a new freedom for the individual but also leading to new re-

    quirements and a personal responsibility no one but you yourself can

    undertake. You are ultimately responsible for your own success and

    failure.

    Homo Duplex/Binary Being

    Size: 50 x 70 cm

    Edition 1/8

    The photograpic print face is mounted to glossy acrylic and aluminium, which provides a rigid and flat surface.

  • Save Me From My Thoughts

    Size: 87 x 120 cm

    Edition 1/6

    The photograpic print face is mounted to glossy acrylic and aluminium, which provides a rigid and flat surface.

  • I Am That I Am

    Size: 50 x 100 cm

    Edition 1/6

    The photograpic print face is mounted to glossy acrylic and aluminium, which provides a rigid and flat surface.

  • The images seek to highlight societys polarized boundaries - be-

    tween normality and abnormality, between identity and dissimi-

    larity, between tradition and de-traditionalization (this aspect is

    emphasized by the difference between the photographic medium

    as an artistic expression compared to traditional forms of art),

    between genuine and fake (by using digital manipulation techniques

    the distinction between real and unreal is reduced), between life

    and death.

    As regards this last existential problem - life vs. death - some of the

    images in the exhibition may therefore also be viewed as a rebirth

    or re-interpretation of the Vanitas genre where human frailty, van-

    ity and fear of the inevitable mortality are thematized. These im-

    ages focus on the duality in the perception of human mortality as

    either redemptive or horrific for mankind in the space between

    birth and death.

  • Memento mori is still an eternally valid concept describing the basic

    conditions for human existence, but in spite of our knowledge

    of the inevitable dead it is a constantly recurring and relevant

    theme in art, as people never seem to be able to come to terms

    with the end of life - accentuated by a late/post modern secu-

    larized society where the scientific development and matter-

    of-fact determination of the human bodily degeneration have

    generated doubt about the old religious beliefs/traditions that

    in the past could relieve the fear of death, still without provid-

    ing new meaningful scientific evidence about human existence

    after death for the individual to relate to today. A retention and

    extension of youth has become more important than ever.

  • Face It

    Size: 80 x 120 cm

    Edition 1/6

    The photograpic print face is mounted to glossy acrylic and aluminium, which provides a rigid and flat surface.

  • Im All, Im None

    Size: 50 x 90

    Edition 1/6

    The photograpic print face is mounted to glossy acrylic and aluminium, which provides a rigid and flat surface.

  • Cybernetic

    Size: 70 x 100

    Edition 1/6

    The photograpic print face is mounted to glossy acrylic and aluminium, which provides a rigid and flat surface.

  • Visit my website to see a larger selection of images

    with the same theme:

    www.mariewengler.com

    Contact me personally:

    mariewengler@gmail.com

    Find me on:

    Google+

    Facebook

    Twitter

    All pictures mounted by Pernille Montage Lab+

    Visit or contact Illums Bolighus in Copenhagen, Den-

    mark, from the 3th of May - 5th of August 2012 to

    see the images from this magasine in real or recieve

    more information about purchacing images.