Eric Buterbaugh Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new works by Los Angeles-born artist Mark Hanauer. Human Nature consists of a series of never-before-seen images through which the artist interrogates the sensuous corporeality of the flower. This is Hanauer’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles.
Best known for his iconic portraits of celebrities, artists and athletes, Mark Hanauer has built a 40-year career working with figures as diverse as Charles Bukowski, Joni Mitchell, Ray Charles and Trisha Brown. In addition to his commercial photography, he has maintained a fine art practice, building a body of portraiture, landscapes and florals that engage questions of identity, sexuality and the relationship between surface and depth.
Human Nature marks the first exhibition of Hanauer’s florals, a body of work that the artist has been slowly cultivating for five years. Using extreme close-up equipment, the blooms become abstractions; petals and sepal evoke fissures, cavities and genitals. Presented next to a selection of his nudes, the sensual lyricism of both forms are brought into relief, allowing for a commentary on the relationship between florals and fecundity, verdure and sexuality.
About Human Nature, Mark Hanauer writes:
I am drawn to mystery in my work, whether through my nudes, florals or portraits. With each image, I aim to discover something new, and when I do, the feeling is intuitive and immediate. Through my work in portraiture, I was encumbered by the desire not to repeat myself and resisted working in a series. These florals are the first time that I consciously created a cohesive body of work, drawing upon the emotion and sensuousness of my collaborations with dancers, musicians and athletes to create a new way of seeing and interpreting these tropes.
Mark Hanauer lives and works in Santa Monica. An avid traveler, he has shot extensively in India, Vietnam and Cuba. Most recently the artist traveled to Berlin to collaborate with artist Julie Mehretu on the book Grey Area, commissioned by the Deutsche Guggenheim Museum. Hanauer has taught photography at Art Center College of Design and UCLA.
An opening reception for the artist will be held on Thursday, June 9th, from 6:00 – 9:00 pm.
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