Tanya Marcuse: New Photographs

September 14, 1995 - October 21, 1995

Yoshii Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new photographs by the artist Tanya Marcuse. Marcuse will debut two sibling bodies of work, both printed on an intimate scale using the platinum/palladium process.

In the first group, titled “The Bridal Suite,” Marcuse creates an unusual ‘wedding album’ inspired by the artist’s recent marriage. Marcuse explores the infrastructure of the ceremony by cataloging elements of her wedding attire from the bridal parties to her mother’s dress, newly altered and sheathed in plastic. The crisp fetishist tone of the photographs of inanimate clothing changes considerably when the clothing is pictured on the bride’s body; the garments become organic and the images dissolve into near abstraction, suggesting a strange interior world.

In the second body of work, Marcuse continues her exploration of archeological relics of the body. Marcuse captures how fragmented works, transformed by centuries and by context, possess animate qualities and new meanings in their present state. The combination of these two groups of photographs, distinct, but uniformly intimate, resonate with questions about the relationship between past and present, memory and preservation, seeing and desire.

Tanya Marcuse had her first one person show at Yoshii Gallery in January 1994.