From the article by Fred A. Bernstein for 1stdibs’ Introspective Magazine:
Yankus doesn’t like distractions. This is evident in his latest body of work, on view at New York’s ClampArt gallery through November 16. The photographs depict the exteriors of the Empire State Building, the Flatiron Building, the Guggenheim Museum and other familiar Manhattan edifices almost entirely free of people, or litter, or trash pails, or anything that competes with the architecture he loves.
The buildings in “New York Unseen” seem otherworldly, as if they had somehow been moved, brick by brick, to a pristine environment — a New York that’s not New York.
Yankus hopes people will appreciate these vintage structures — even ones they think they know — in a new way. “We don’t really see what’s in front of us,” he explains. “And on most blocks, it’s hard to stand far enough from a building to really see it all at once.”