Oliver Mark

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Oliver Mark
Born (1963-02-20) 20 February 1963 (age 55)
StatusActive
ResidenceBerlin, Germany
OccupationPhotographer, artist
Websitewww.oliver-mark.com

Oliver Mark (born 20 February 1963) is a German photographer and artist known primarily for his portraits of international celebrities.

Life and education[edit]

Mark discovered his enthusiasm for photography at the age of nine when he entered a painting competition and won first prize. He was awarded a trip to the Olympic Games in Munich and, to celebrate this, his father gave Mark his first camera. He was fascinated by the photos he took himself, because they looked so different from the ones he was used to seeing in magazines. He trained as a photographer, working first in the field of fashion photography at Burda Photo Studios in Offenburg. As a guest student, he attended seminars in Visual Culture at the Berlin University of the Arts by Katharina Sieverding, known for her large format photographs. He has been a freelance photographer since 1991.

Mark is the father of two sons and currently lives in Berlin.[1]

Photography[edit]

Jenny Holzer photographed by Oliver Mark
Jenny Holzer, Leipzig 1996. Silver gelatin print on Alu Dibond. 151 × 154 cm (59 × 61")

In the 1990s, Mark began photographing celebrities. He became known for his portraits of Anthony Hopkins and Jerry Lewis, but also of other public figures including Angela Merkel, Pope Benedict XVI, and Joachim Gauck, and actors like Ben Kingsley, Cate Blanchett and Tom Hanks. His personal interest lies in contemporary artists and their creative world. He has close contacts with well-established and emerging artists, who he portrays in their working environment.[2]

He works with both a single-lens reflex camera and an old, 680 Polaroid. The instant photos produced by the Polaroid reveal Mark's familiarity and closeness to the subjects he portrays.[3]

He has worked for magazines such as Architectural Digest, Rolling Stone, Der Spiegel, Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin, Stern, Time, Vanity Fair, Vogue and Die Zeit.

In 2013, one of his photographs was honored by a National Portrait Gallery (London) award. In 2014, Mark published his own magazine entitled Oliver – Nutte Künstler Fotograf. Die ganze Wahrheit über Oliver Mark [Oliver – hooker artist photographer. The whole truth about Oliver Mark].[4]

Mark deals with other topics as well.

Mark's exhibition Natura Morta, which was presented in two parts at the Paintings Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and the Natural History Museum Vienna in 2017, addresses how humans deal with nature and the environment, in particular the animal world, but also the aesthetics and beauty death. Mark's still life photographs were taken in the Asservat Chamber of the Federal Office for Nature Conservation in Bonn in 2015.[5] His idea was to photograph items seized by customs, such as leopard skulls, ivory carvings, crocodile and turtle products, protected animal and plant parts, hunting trophies, snakeskin clothing, precious tropical wood, musical instruments, travel souvenirs like seahorses, coral, snails, and shells. He photographed these using specific backgrounds and a method of lighting (Old Master-like daylight, lit only through a crack) in order to generate in the viewer a desire to observe. In the Vienna Natural History Museum, these items are sorted into three categories and exhibited in context with different animal specimens, in order to address the topic of species protection. Mark presented his photographs in historical picture frames, which he selects at auctions and antique shops. This created an interesting dialog in the Paintings Gallery of the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts between the different genres of painting and photography as well as the painted or photographed still lifes. The Gemäldegalerie exhibited still lifes and animal paintings from their collection by Dutch painters, such as Willem van Aelst, Jan Weenix, or successors of Peter Paul Rubens.

Collections[edit]

Mark's works can be found in the collections of the Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz[6] and the Bukovina Museum in Suceava, Romania.[7][8]

Collaborations[edit]

Mark began working with the artist Christian Hoischen in 2017 under the name Hoischen / Mark.[9]

They describe other artists’ work as fundamentally unbearable. Hoischen / Mark’s work is marked by criticism and correction to the point that any sense of certainty is shattered into a banal pile of matter then reassembled leaving a small gap open allowing a glimpse into the abyss. Salvation is only in the joke.[original research?]

The Bride (from Kill Bill Vol.2): "Those of you lucky enough to have your lives, take them with you. However, leave the limbs you've lost."[clarification needed][10]

Publications[edit]

  • 20 Jahre Kulturstiftung der Länder. Gründer, Mitstreiter, Weggefährten. In: Arsprototo, Berlin 2008. (Photographs by Mark)
  • Oliver Mark: Portraits. Hatje Cantz, Berlin 2009, ISBN 978-3-7757-2484-5.[11]
  • Oliver Mark, Martina Schellhorn: Heimat verpflichtet. Märkische Adlige – eine Bilanz nach 20 Jahren. Brandenburgische Landeszentrale für politische Bildung, Potsdam 2012, ISBN 978-3-932502-60-6.[12]
  • Oliver Mark: Oliver Marks Blick auf Liechtensteins Staatsfeiertag. Alpenland, Schaan 2013, ISBN 978-3-905437-34-8.[13]
  • Oliver Mark: Außenseiter und Eingeweihter. [Outsider and Insider] Hatje Cantz, Berlin 2013, ISBN 978-3-7757-3756-2, ASIN B00YZMF8XS.[14]
  • Oliver Mark: Aus den Trümmern kriecht das Leben. [From the rubble crawls life] b.frank books, Zürich 2013, ISBN 978-3-906217-00-0. (with poems by K. O. Götz)[15]
  • Oliver Mark: Oliver – Nutte Künstler Fotograf. Die ganze Wahrheit über Oliver Mark. [Oliver – hooker artist photographer. The whole truth about Oliver Mark] Grauel, Berlin 2014.
  • Oliver Mark: Natura Morta. Kehrer, Heidelberg 2016, ISBN 978-3-86828-759-2, ASIN 3868287590.
    (with texts by Barbara Hendricks, Rainer Vollkommer, Philipp Demandt, Julia M. Nauhaus, Michael Schipper, Aurelia Frick, Christian Köberl, Lorenz Becker)[16]

Exhibitions[edit]

Installation views from the exhibition Natura Morta in the Paintings Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and the Natural History Museum, Vienna, 2017

Solo exhibitions[edit]

  • 1999: Portraits, Galerie 48, Saarbrücken
  • 2000: Portraits und Memorabilien, Galerie Grauwert, Hamburg
  • 2001: Photographien, Galerie Imago, Berlin
  • 2002/03: Portraits, Musée de la photographie, Mougins
  • 2006: Portraits & Stills, Anna Augstein Fine Arts Berlin
  • 2011: 7 Artists and 1 Nude, Galerie Gloria, Berlin[17]
  • 2011: Portraits, Neuer Pfaffenhofener Kunstverein, Pfaffenhofen a. d. Ilm[18]
  • 2012: Shuteye, °CLAIR Gallery, Munich[19][20]
  • 2012/13: Märkische Adlige – eine Bilanz nach 20 Jahren, Brandenburgische Landeszentrale für politische Bildung, Potsdam
  • 2013/14: Außenseiter und Eingeweihter, Uno Art Space, Stuttgart[21]
  • 2013: Heimat verpflichtet, Kanzlei im Lübbenauer Schlossbezirk, Lübbenau[22]
  • 2013: Oliver Marks Blick auf Liechtensteins Staatsfeiertag am 15.08.2012, Liechtenstein National Museum, Vaduz[23]
  • 2013: Außenseiter und Eingeweihter, pavlovs dog space for photography, Berlin[24]
  • 2014: Oliver Mark – still...lesen, Goethe-Institut Irland, Dublin
  • 2014: Märkische Adlige – eine Bilanz des Neuanfangs, Fürst-Pückler-Museum, Cottbus
  • 2014: Aus den Trümmern kriecht das Leben – Portraits von Karl Otto Götz, Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz[6]
  • 2016/17: Natura Morta, Liechtenstein National Museum, Vaduz[25]
  • 2017: Natura Morta, Natural History Museum Vienna[26]
  • 2017: Natura Morta, Fotografien von Oliver Mark in Korrespondenz zu Stillleben-Gemälden der Sammlung, The Paintings Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna[27]
  • 2018: Life at the Bukovina Monastery, Bukovina Museum Suceava, Romania
  • 2019: Life at the Bukovina Monastery, Liechtenstein National Museum, Vaduz (opening 20 March 2019)
  • 2019: No Show, Museums of the City of Bamberg, Villa Dessauer (opening 5 April 2019)

Group exhibitions[edit]

  • 2018: Artist Complex – Photographic Portraits from Baselitz to Warhol, Museum of Photography, Berlin[28]
  • 2018: Made in Berlin, Camera Work, Berlin[29]
  • 2017: KUNST.ORT.KINO, Art Gallery, Erfurt[30]
  • 2017: Between skies and earth, MUNICH ° CLAIR Gallery, Alvin Langdon Coburn / Oliver Mark[31]
  • 2016: Berlin is for Lovers, The Impossible Project Lab, Berlin[32]
  • 2015/16: In Szene gesetzt. Aus Porträts werden Kleider, Lindenau-Museum, Altenburg[33]
  • 2013/14: The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, London[34]
  • 2013: Superreal, Erfurter Kunstverein, Kulturhof zum Güldenen Kroenbacken[35]
  • 2007: Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, London[36]

Curated exhibitions[edit]

  • 2012: Der arge Weg der Erkenntnis, Gloria Berlin: Stefania Batoeva, Axel Geis, Michal Heiman, Gregor Hildebrandt, Benedikt Hipp, Christian Hoischen, Michael Kunze, Sara Rahbar, Norbert Schwontkowski, Philip Topolovac
  • 2017: Alles oder Immer, Schau Fenster, Berlin: Alessandro Allori / Umkreis, Achim Bertenburg, Axel Geis, Andreas Golder / David Nicholson, Gregor Hildebrandt, Benedikt Hipp, Christian Hoischen, Heine/Lenz/Zizka, Michael Kunze, Wolfgang Lugmair, Via Lewandowsky, Ernie Luley Superstar, Christian Macketanz, Monogrammiert 16. Jh., Ulrik Möller, Daniel Mohr, Hannu Prinz, Sara Rahbar, Alexander von Schlieffen, Sibylle Springer, Sador Weinsčlucker, Marlon Wobst
  • 2018: Raum XVII, Werkhalle Wiesenburg, Berlin. The exhibition is based on Room XVII in the Gemäldegalerie Berlin, where works are exhibited by Italian masters from the 16th and 17th centuries (ten male artists and one female artist, Sofonisba Anguissola (* approx. 1531/1532 in Cremona; † 16. November 1625 in Palermo). At Werkhalle Wiesenburg, in contemporary resonance, presents abstract works by ten female and one male artist. Olivia Berckemeyer, Maria Brunner, Sabine Groß, Florin Kompatscher, Isa Melsheimer, Sonja Ofen, Hannah Regenberg, Sophia Schama, Sibylle Springer, Aaiko Tezuka and Michaela Zimmer

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