HARLEM, NEW YORK
La Maison D’Art will host the inaugural exhibition of Harlem-born photographer and visual artist Chuck Marcus for one day only, September 24th. Awkward Spaces will feature nearly 30 original images by Marcus, inspired by his adoration for his home, featuring four professional female dancers performing in unassuming spaces around New York City.
Born in Harlem, Chuck Marcus has worked for numerous brands as a visual artist in including Sirius XM, KITH NYC, David Z., Play Cloths and more and has been featured in noted publications, High Snobiety, XXL and Hypebeast. Marcus has a pulse for all things New York City and the ability to purely document them in their rawest and truest form through his photography.
I recently caught up with Marcus to discuss the upcoming showcase:
Explain the meaning behind the title of your showcase Awkward Spaces?
It means an uncommon space that you wouldn't normally see dancers in. Ideally I deemed it as something considered awkward to the art form of dance.
What inspired you to choose dancers as the primary muse for your photos?
I went to an Alvin Aliey show and I was watching the dancers as still images and I came up with the idea to create a series based around dancers. I didn't have a theme at the time, I just knew I wanted to photograph dancers. Over time it blossomed into the theme of Awkward Spaces.
How has the Awkward Spaces series challenged or evolved your photography process?
It challenged me in many ways as far as location, scouting, and basically turning anything I want into an awkward space. It also made me think about some of the most regular spaces as awkward for dancers. As far as my photography process, it has helped me develop the story line for the subject in depth.
What should the audience expect from Awkward Spaces?
The audience should expect to see a lot of color, movement, and most importantly the beauty of dance. I call it 'Visual Movement"
Awkward Spaces will run for one day only, September 24th, 2016 and Marcus will host an opening reception from 6pm-9pm. For more information please contact Alexa Palacios at firstname.lastname@example.org or 323.350.2231.