MARK HOGENCAMP’S “MARWENCOL” Project

Peep this link here:

http://www.marwencol.com/home/?currentPage=13

You can have a look at some wonderful photographs created by Mark Hogancamp. I won’t recount the story of his life – there’s an award-winning  bio-doc about him schedule for release. I simply wanted to share his  work. Hogancamp takes still photos in sequence to tell a story – or sometimes, I believe just a single image from which a great deal of narrative can be gleaned. His formal composition and narrative structure is fundamentally cinematic. I have not seen the movie about Mr. Hogancamp, so I don’t know why he uses an SLR instead of a video camera, but I suspect is has something to do with depth of field, which he uses brilliantly, and texture which he creates beautifully, and time, which he isolates thereby forcing a sometimes unwilling rumination on violence, loneliness, love and other human fundamentals.I think a slide show of his work would be spectacular….

Mr. Hogancamp is  having a show at ESOPUS SPACE. The editors of Esopus Magazine were the first to publish and publicize the artist’s work.

Esopus Space
The Esopus Foundation Ltd.
64 West Third Street, #210
New York, New York 10012
phone: (212) 473-0919
fax: (212) 473-7212
info@esopusfoundation.org

SEPTEMBER 16 – OCTOBER 21, 2010

MARK HOGANCAMP: PICTURING MARWENCOL

Here’s how his show is described:

On April 8, 2000, Mark Hogancamp was brutally attacked by five men in his hometown of Kingston, New York. The assault caused brain damage that initially made it impossible for him to walk, eat, or speak. After running out of insurance, Hogancamp turned to art as a therapeutic tool. Commandeering a pile of scrap wood left behind by a contractor, he constructed “Marwencol,” a fictional Belgian town built to one-sixth scale in his backyard, populating it with military figurines and Barbie dolls representing World War II personages like Patton and Hitler as well as stand-ins for himself, friends, and family. Finally, he dusted off an old camera and used it to capture staged events ranging from pitched battles between occupying German and American forces to catfights in the town bar. Hogancamp made his public debut in 2005 when “Marwencol on my Mind,” a piece featuring a selection of the artist’s extraordinary photographs and the inspiring story behind them, appeared in Esopus 5.

“Picturing Marwencol” will include 50 photographs taken by Hogancamp over the past several years of his imaginary town. They depict everything from intimate, erotically charged moments between lovers to brutal, vividly realized battle scenes. Each demonstrates what critic Jerry Saltz called Hogancamp’s “uncanny feel for body language, psychology, and stage direction.”

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About cauleen

Cauleen Smith is a native Californian who has had the privilege of living in Austin, Texas, Boston, Massachusetts, Emeryville, and San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, and Los Angeles in California. She finds herself now happily settled in Chicago, IL where she makes stuff with an emphasis on the moving image, sound, and outer space.
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