Martin Mlecko

Martin Mlecko was an investigative artist working in a range of media, continually seeking the inherent beauty in objects. His photographic oeuvre is a collection of series without itself being serial in structure. He is both traveller and observer, sometimes also seeker, whose creative products defy relegation into the clearly defined pigeon holes of the art industry. Among his art forms are large-format installations and small-scale documentation, both representational and abstract.

Mlecko´s photos are put on show not so much as observations of reality. They are more expressions of moods: they have their origins in personal experience, in the found objects in his close environment. The two series entitled Prelude and Je Ne Sais Quoi could alternatively be named Eros and Thanatos, which in psychoanalytical terms mean life energy and death: the beginning and the end. They are references to the beginning and the end of (analogue) photography. While the photographs in Prelude are the physical beginnings of a film, in Je Ne Sais Quoi they show only the cinematic essence – effacing the subject. Je Ne Sais Quoi shows the impossibility of ultimately defining an aesthetic object in terms of language.

Private Libraries save individual secrets and identities. They are archives of personal developments and interests and always a statement of the intellectual state of their owner. Martin Mlecko searches for these libraries, book cases and bookshelves in the flats of differently orientated people. He photographs them on-the-spot from various angles and distances, turns to a certain detail at a later point in time and collages ultimately pictures from his memory, pointing out the uniqueness of each individual library. The series Evidenz (evidence) issues the textual and aesthetic interaction of stored and collected books. It is giving hints on the private library as a maybe slowly disappearing cultural possession, of its sometimes also unimposing beauty. Furthermore, it sometimes affiliates with its role as a collage of life itself.

Martin Mlecko was born in 1951 in Essen and passed away 2016 in Berlin, Germany.