Martin Denker

August 27 – October 15

Press Release

Richard Levy Gallery is pleased to announce a solo show by German photographer Martin Denker. This 34-year-old artist pushes the boundaries and expectations of contemporary photography, creating pictorial spaces that border just on the brink of insanity.

Denker utilizes appropriation and photomontage to create an explosive world that blends motion, beauty and rage, mimicking the daily information rollercoaster in which we live. Working much like a deejay, Denker samples from news clippings, film-stills, magazines, tabloids, graffiti, architecture, advertising, and his own source imagery. He manipulates these clippings through a series of rigorous digital transformations into endless layers of color and texture. Denker has described his work as, “an optical paranoia, as if Goya had a Playstation, van Gogh a laptop, and Picasso a mobile (phone) with camera and all”.

From 2002 to 2007, Denker was an assistant to Andreas Gursky. During this time he was also a master student of Thomas Ruff at The Art Academy of Düsseldorf. Martin Denker now focuses solely on his own projects and currently lives and works in Germany.

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Dates: August 27–October 15, 2010
Reception: October 2, 6–8 pm
Hours: Tuesday–Saturday, 11 am–4 pm
Location: 514 Central Avenue SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102
Contact: 505.766.9888,, @levygallery

Artwork and Information

Martin Denker