Mark Drew 

"Roots"2017

Central Park, New York

14" x 14"  medium format analog film printed on Silver Gelatin

Edition of 10 

 

1968 was like no other throughout our history. The assasination of Kennedy, the anti-Vietnam War and the Civil Rights movement was marking great change in the United States. Student revolution in Paris, protests in Prague against Soviet invasion and unrest in much of Europe moved its citizens to epic crowds of emotion and strength. 

That same year a young artist, Mark Drew was born in Pacoima, Los Angeles, California, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Northern San Fernando Valley.

Although a Native of Los Angeles, Mark Drew grew up in Plainfield (birthplace of Irving Penn), New Jersey. At an early age Mark felt the need to use photography as a means of escape. Perhaps the radical tradition and spontaneity in Mark's photography was shaped by the characteristics of those early years in history. 

Well known for his sumptuous black and white pictures, Mark Drew emphasizes provocation and absolute seduction that are unveiled in each photographic vision with modesty and generosity. Mostly photographing the deeper human connection with elemental objects that surround us, Mark Drew is an artist who's is not affraid to remind us that there is an unbroken link between us and the visual world that surrouns us as well as the mental world we live within ourselves. 

Exhibitions

*Grand Palais, Paris, France 2012, Art is Hope

*Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France, 2013

*PIASA, Paris, France 2014, Art is Hope (Remove Clothes)


"Le dompteur de lumière"

Mark Drew a grandi avec une idée très précise de ce que la liberté signifie pour lui. Ce sens de la liberté est très profond en lui-même et ses belles images portent cette recherche inachevée d'une véritable indépendance d'esprit. Ce qui m'a frappé quand j'ai regardé son travail pour la toute première fois, c'était la capacité et la facilité avec laquelle il a montré qu'il a ciblé sa «proie», comme un oiseau sauvage qui creuse ses griffes dans sa victime! Mark Drew sait comment capturer et transmettre la beauté. C'est un chasseur, furtif et secret, visant à dompter la frontière sauvage, en jetant un sort magique de lumière sur ses images. C'est ce que j'appelle le talent.

René-Julien Praz

Curator Praz-DelaVallade Gallery, Paris, France