Mark Morrisroe carried a bullet in his chest and a Polaroid camera with him at all times. The former fired from the gun of a disgruntled john, the latter a gift from the Poloroid Corporation, which included a lifetime supply of film. His life was cut short, but the photographs he took remain-lush, anguished, and comedic depictions of a life consumed by ambition and disaster. This monograph is a recounting of what remains in the artist's works and words.
" It kills me to look at my old photographs of myself and my friends. We were such beautiful, sexy kids but we always felt bad because we thought we were ugly at the time. It was because we were such outcasts in high school and so unpopular. We believed what other people said. If any one of us could have seen how attractive we really were we might have made something better of our lives. I'm the only guy that I know who wanted to runaway to be a prostitute. "
Mark was an outlaw on every front-sexually, socially and artistically. He was marked by his dramatic and violent adolescence as a teenage prostitute with a deep distrust and a fierce sense of his uniqueness. I met him in Art School in 1977; he left shit in my mailbox as a gesture of friendship. Limping wildly down the halls in his torn t-shirts, calling himself Mark Dirt, he was Boston's first punk. He developed into a photographer with a completely distinctive artistic vision and signature. Both his pictures of his lovers, close friends, and objects of desire, and his touching still-lifes of rooms, dead flowers, and dream images stand as timeless fragments of his life, resonating with sexual longing, loneliness, and loss.
Nan Goldin, 1993
Public exhibitions 8
True Romance - Allegorien der Liebe von der Renaissance bis heute
Kunsthalle Wien (Halle 1, Halle 2 im MQ), Vienna
People Take Pictures of Each Other
LaMontagne Gallery, Boston, MA
Der Traum vom Ich, der Traum von der Welt
Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur
"Phantom der Lust. Visionen des Masochismus in der Kunst"
Neue Galerie Graz am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz
Whisper - Sammelausstellung zum elfj?hrigen Jubil?um
Galerie Aurel Scheibler, Berlin
The Nature of Still Life
Galleria d´Arte Moderna di Bologna - GAM, Bologna
Emotions & Relations - Goldin - Armstrong - Morrisroe - diCorcia - Pierson
Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg
The Sound of One Hand
Apexart, New York City, NY
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