Erik Madigan Heck | Without a Face

"Erik Madigan Heck’s photographs push the concept to new limits, creating imagery that goes beyond traditional fashion photography. Meticulously constructed and enhanced with bright colours, blurring the line between the clothes and the background, his images play with this idea of ‘future’ silhouettes". –Nathalie Herschdorfer, Museum of Fine Arts in Le Locle, Switzerland.

Erik Madigan Heck (b.1983, USA) is one of the youngest and most successful American fashion photographers of the contemporary art scene. Erik Madigan Heck’s work, as exemplified in this exhibition, is characterized by a clear and distinctive treatment of colours and patterns.

In the series Without a Face, Erik Madigan Heck offers a fresh perspective, focusing on the backs of the garments, erasing the models face and offering a unique take on the traditional fashion photograph. The works remove the ‘celebrity’ or ‘face’ of the brand purely focusing on the garments in terms of form and colour. The works almost transform into paintings through Erik Madigan Heck’s bold use of colour and form – intersecting fashion, painting and classical portraiture.

Erik Madigan Heck is the founding editor of art and fashion publication Nomenus Quarterly and regular contributor to The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, TIME, The New Yorker, and Harper's Bazaar UK. His advertising clients include Sotheby's, Clinique, Nike, Neiman Marcus, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, The New York City Ballet, The GAP, VH1, Gentle Monster, amongst others. In 2013 he became one of the youngest photographers to receive the prestigious ICP Infinity Award, and in 2015 was awarded with the Art Directors Club’s Gold Medal and the AI-IP American Photography award for his Old Masters Portfolio, published by The New York Times Magazine. In 2017 Erik Madigan Heck published his first monograph with Thames & Hudson titled Old Future. This is his debut exhibition in China.

This exhibition is powered by Christophe Guye Galerie (Zurich), booth D11