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Carnal Knowledge

Carnal Knowledge by Malerie Marder

Violette Editions
Carnal Knowledge
Malerie Marder
Edited and produced by Robert Violette
Designed by Studio Frith

176 pages
24.9 x 30 cm
ISBN 978-1-900828-30-7


The first collection of Marder’s works in print.

A seminal early experience for Malerie Marder was when a family friend invited her to photograph her with her lover, naked and in the anonymous setting of a motel room. This set the tone for Marder’s work for the next decade. Her photographs of nudes are composed simply, her subjects sitting plainly near the centre of the frame, often set against the bleak anonymity of motel rooms, their impassive gazes almost daring a viewer to interpret their bodies.

Beautifully illustrated with more than 70 works by Marder – described by Charlotte Cotton in her introduction as an ‘episodic drama of adjacencies’ – Carnal Knowledge also contains a preface by Gregory Crewdson, a text by novelist James Ellroy, short stories inspired by Marder’s works by A. M. Homes, James Frey and Bruce Wagner, as well as a written and photographic correspondence between Marder and Philip-Lorca diCorcia.

An installation of previously unexhibited works from Carnal Knowledge was shown at Blain|Southern Gallery, 21 Dering Street, London W1S 1AL, from 6 to 21 April.

On the author / photographer

Malerie Marder lives and works in Los Angeles. Marder studied at Bard College with Stephen Shore, and at Yale University with Gregory Crewdson, Philip-Lorca diCorcia and Nan Goldin, where she won the Schicke-Collingwood Prize and John Ferguson Weir Award. Her work is in several international collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne) and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
(New York).

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