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CLAMPART: Marc Yankus | The Space Between || Les Simpson/Linda Simpson | Pages - 3 Apr 2014 to 17 May 2014

Current Exhibition

3 Apr 2014 to 17 May 2014
Tuesday - Saturday, 10.00 am - 6.00 pm
Opening: Thursday, April 3, 2014, 6.00 - 8.00 pm
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Marc Yankus
Stairs Building

Artists in this exhibition: Marc Yankus, Les Simpson/Linda Simpson

Marc Yankus | The Space Between

April 3 – May 17, 2014

Opening reception:
Thursday, April 3, 2014
6.00 – 8.00 p.m.

ClampArt is pleased to announce the opening of “The Space Between,” Marc Yankus’ fourth exhibition of photographs at the gallery.

In his newest body of work, Yankus turns away from the soft focus which characterized much of his earlier imagery. In these photographs of the city, there is a very precise, almost hyper-real quality. The exactitude of the lines and the enormity of detail (down to the definition of individual bricks in the façade of a thirty-story building) imbue the photographs with the meticulousness of architectural renderings. However, Yankus plays off of the rigidity with a soft, subdued palette and a texture in the images which curiously seems to speak of history, memories, and the past.

The artist considers the photographs obscure and surrealistic portraits of New York City buildings. He writes, “In my new work, I have attempted to ‘rebuild’ New York through my own, imagined vision, in which the city’s historical buildings, so often taken for granted, exist as living presences.”

Marc Yankus’ fine art and publishing experience span a period of more than thirty years. Yankus’ work has been included in exhibitions at The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York; the George Eastman House, Rochester, New York; the South Street Seaport Museum, New York City; and the Library of Congress, Washington, DC. His artwork has graced the covers of books by Salman Rushdie, Philip Roth, and Alan Hollinghurst, among many others. His images have also been used for theatrical posters for such acclaimed Broadway shows as Jane Eyre; August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom; and John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, Doubt. Yankus’ work is represented in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the New-York Historical Society, New York City; and the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C.

Les Simpson/Linda Simpson | Pages

April 3 – May 17, 2014

Opening reception:
Thursday, April 3, 2014
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

ClampArt is pleased to announce “Linda Simpson: Pages,” which coincides with the release of the book of the same title from Peradam (Softcover, 60 pages, 30 color illustrations, 10 x 7 inches, $20).

    Back then our drag lingo was pretty blunt, nobody used the term ‘transgender.’ Page was considered a pre-op—a transsexual who hadn’t yet got The Operation (a.k.a. “the chop”). While it’s not uncommon for transsexuals to emerge from the drag scene, she traveled the opposite route. Hormones and feminizing came first, then she joined Channel 69’s queeny sorority. (Her name was conveniently unisex—she was born Page Potter Reynolds in Waspy Vermont.) —Linda Simpson

Linda Simpson (usually Les Simpson during the day) began her multifaceted drag career in the late 1980s. “Pages” is her heartfelt homage to her captivating transgender friend, Page, who passed away in July 2002. Set in bygone gritty New York City in the 1990s, Simpson’s snapshots recall Page’s mysterious beauty, outlandish sense of style, and her provocative performances that made her a cult figure of downtown’s gender-bending nightlife scene. All of the portraits were spontaneous shots taken with simple, point-and-shoot, 35 mm cameras.

“Pages” is an offshoot of Simpson’s photographic time capsule, “The Drag Explosion,” which features her photographs of New York City’s momentous drag scene from the late 1980s to the mid-1990s. The multi-media project includes a website ( and live slideshow presentations.

“Pages” is the latest in a long list of creative undertakings by Linda Simpson, including hosting and promoting nightlife events, publishing the “gay revolutionary” magazine My Comrade, writing and producing four plays, and working as a game show host.


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