Marc Brandenburg's first UK solo show will bring together monumental drawings that show scenes from a protest march alongside a number of smaller works on paper. Depicting various moments of lived uncertainty, Brandenburg's drawings explore the fragility and commonalities found at the fringes of society. Referencing the term coined by Chuck Palahniuk in his 1996 Fight Club novel, Brandenburg's Snowflake simultaneously alludes to the word's use as a metaphorical insult and to the freezing of fragile and fleeting moments in the artist's work.
In these new drawings, in which figures often appear as faceless, masked or fully-bound, Brandenberg addresses the conditions that suffer increasing hatred and ridicule from contemporary society: sensitivity, vulnerability, trauma, a lack of stamina and the notion of inherent uniqueness. Coalescing the motif of the snowflake with his subject matter, the artist invites visitors to consider the experience of homelessness – understood both literally and as the absence of self or the loss of control – and the sensibilities of precarious existence in its many and proliferating guises.