Photographer RANKIN launches the first solo exhibition at PETRA GUT CONTEMPORARY Gallery, showcasing iconic portraits and never-before-exhibited Polaroids from top shoots. Celebrating the start of their gallerist and artist collaboration, Rankin has joined forces with Zurich-based Petra Gut to explore his boldest portraiture. From international superstars to dancers and models, Disruption is a unique tour through the emotion, intimacy and humor evident in Rankin’s portrait and beauty work. “I’ve always been obsessed with people. I want to get to know everyone and know everything about them. I think this is why I love portraits as I get to spend one-on-one time with the great and the good and really find out what makes them them. Disruption is the first time I’ve had a show that is really all about that emotional connection. The works show sadness, happiness, nervousness, and confidence. Just like my portrait and beauty photography, this exhibition is all about a connection and a feeling.”
Opening up the door further into his artistic practice and the photographer/model relationship, Disruption also sees Rankin explore his Polaroid archive to find one-of-a-kind frames. Taken between the 1990s and early 2000s, these images are unique snapshots from some of Rankin’s best-known shoots. Taking familiar subjects from unfamiliar angles, these Polaroids reveal close-up and behind-the-scenes views of beauty, fashion, nudes, and advertising. The most revealing display of what makes beauty and portraiture exciting and essential art forms, Disruption is a personal take on faces both known and unknown.
RANKIN - DISRUPTION 7 FEB – 20 MARCH 2020 . PETRA GUT CONTEMPORARY, NÜSCHELERSTR. 31, 8001 ZURICH, SWITZERLAND . petragut.com