Happiness is to be found when in pursuit of it, in the soothed expectation, on the way, not only upon the arrival. Accepting detours, just going the way, which is anyhow not this obvious to anyone.
Thomas Bettinelli

Happiness is just a hairflip away.
Chris Crocker


"The way the system works now, you see the clothes, within an hour or so they're online, the world sees them. They don't get to a store for six months. The next week, young celebrity girls are wearing them on red carpets. They're in every magazine. The customer is bored with those clothes by the time they get to the store. They're overexposed, you're tired of them, they've lost their freshness".
Tom Ford


Snapper : Marc Martin
feat. Arthur Gillet

"Fallos" emerges at the intersection of the work of two artists who set out to undermine the reality of photographic images / personal image. Photographer Marc Martin and designer Arthur Gillet are fascinated by different hypostases of maleness, archaic as well as contemporary, and their work is informed by this obsession. They postulate that the many masks of maleness and manliness don’t cover lies, but that they are honest accessories for the manifestation of desire. Marc martin & Arthur Gillet play with the values of traditional manliness -efficiency, authority, domination, glory, force, power. They privilege the unseen and the intuitive; pleasure and utopia; chance and doubt; slowness and languor. Their favorite perversion is to illuminate the shadows that surround filth; to highlight the splendor of depravity; to glorify decadence. The two of them are symbiotically complicit : one offers himself to the other, who, in turn, reveals and unveils his accomplice’s every secret, crevice, insecurity, shade, detail. They discover each other in minute detail, and they become one -it’s sort of a game, a double play. Both artists attempt to be selfish, but end up as a whole ensemble; their joint narrative recounts the individual subjectivity of each of them. The fissures in Arthur Gillet’s erect porcelain, the erotic nonchalance in Marc Martin’s shutter, both force us to see beyond the illusion, away from mere raw nudity, away from reflection. A bigger picture, a larger phallic dimension creeps from beneath the troubled waters of reflected image. Arthur, an artist himself, is the model. In "Fallos", the photographer has chosen one model to represent maleness as a whole. Why? It’s well known that the relationship between a model and a photographer often goes with erotic undertones. If we compare the act of shooting to a sexual act, we will note the inherent power struggle and the antagonistic narcissistic structure that oppose the active and the passive characters. The sexual act, aiming to dissolve two individuals into one, results in a joint quest for orgasm... or perhaps just in a good photograph. Arthur, the handsome model in this series, appears to be the passive subject of this exploration, but is in fact an object. The object of longing gaze. The object of desire to excess. Powerful, active, in all his splendeur. A consummate artist, throughout the whole process that yielded "Fallos". Starting March 26th at Dencker+Schneider art gallery in Berlin, this exhibition is open to multiple interpretations, perhaps contradictory, sometimes unclear, often controversial, permanently evolving -much like the manifold and evolving interpretations that emerge from the many aspects of virility that both artists explore. Arthur Gillet’s objects, seven of them, are unique. Marc Martin’s pictures are issued in an edition of five prints each, numbered and signed. "Fallos" will run until May 6, 2016.

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