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01.07.2011

 

Loock Gallery presents Alec Soth - Broken Manual. On longing for escape ....

"My name is Alec Soth (rhymes with ‘both’). I live in Minnesota. I like to take pictures and make books. I also have a business called Little Brown Mushroom......" This is how photographer Alec Soth introduces himself on his website.

That very business, Little Brown Mushroom, that is actually a blog, says the following about the Borken Manual publication: "I’m so happy to finally announce my new Steidl book: Broken Manual. Four years in the making (2006-2010), this book represents a significant departure from my previous publications. Working with the writer Lester B. Morrison, we’ve created an underground instruction manual for men looking to escape their lives."

Loock Gallery, Berlin presents the Broken Manual series by Alec Soth. Alec travelled deep into the hidden corners of American society, to create portraits of men who escaped and hid.

They cannot withstand the overpowering routines of life, civilisation, the classes and society’s demands and withdraw into the shadows, or – as Lester puts it more nicely – a dream world.

“The fact that you read this, makes me assume that you are a broken man”, this is how the Broken Manual starts, a manual that features photographs by Alec Soth and text by Lester B. Morrison. ‘In your life, you drag yourself out of bed every day’, writes Lester ‘and your other life consists of dreaming, the essence of which is the desire to escape.’

On the pictures, in a random order: a bus, mushrooms, a pocket pussy, a pile of video tapes, naked man in a landscape, bizarre abodes, inscriptions on walls, uncanny portraits, archaic looking daggers.

A man amongst men, Alex documents an existing, subliminally menacing parallel world. All the more ominous as it can be found right outside the door of our homes.


Alec Soth - Broken Manual
Loock Galerie
Invalidenstrasse 50/51
DE 10557 Berlin
Tue- Sat 11am- 6pm
Phone: +49-30- 39 40 96 85 0

LOOCK GALERIE : Broken Manuel by Alec Soth

LOOCK GALERIE : Broken Manuel by Alec Soth

LOOCK GALERIE : Broken Manuel by Alec Soth

LOOCK GALERIE : Broken Manuel by Alec Soth

LOOCK GALERIE : Broken Manuel by Alec Soth

LOOCK GALERIE : Broken Manuel by Alec Soth

LOOCK GALERIE : Broken Manuel by Alec Soth

LOOCK GALERIE : Broken Manuel by Alec Soth