From Andy Battaglia’s review of “The Secret Lives of Buildings” for Photograph Magazine:
Architecture, through the lens of photographer Marc Yankus, is animated, alive, and always at least a little bit strange. In his exhibition “The Secret Lives of Buildings,” on view at ClampArt through November 26, ordinary sites have a habit of turning otherworldly.
The first subject on view is a slim building on 19th Street in New York’s Flatiron District. The building rises 10 stories, with bas-reliefs and decorative details in abundance, over two streets running quietly, serenely, on either side. It appears to be a more or less normal cityscape until certain aspects become apparent. Why are there so few people around? What’s with the colorful balloons for sale in the street-level storefront of a looming building so stately and grey? How is it that the streets on either side of the building have the same signs for shops pedaling the same “Hardware” and “Books”—and, in fact, the same everything, so that it slowly becomes clear they’re the same street, copied and pasted on either side of the building?