Begun in 1986-87, this project followed the architectural transition of the 1930s Art Deco Kress Building into the California Museum of Photography in downtown Riverside, California. Using a 4x5 camera and film, I made around 200 images over the span of the project. A major exhibition of the work was held at the California Museum of Photography in 1995. I was very honored to have my exhibition run concurrently with both the Mapplethrope/Weston Garden of Earthly Delights exhibition, and the Distance and Proximity/New German Photography exhibition, featuring Thomas Struth, Candida Hofer, Anderas Gursky and Thomas Ruff. Also greatly honored to work with Orville O. Clarke, Jr. as curator of the exhibition.
Orville O. Clarke, Jr. on M. Robert Markovich and his work: Much like the father of modernism, Marcel Duchamp, who took every day manufactured items and turned them into “Art” by taking them out of their ordinary context, Markovich uses the renovation of this structure to study the individual elements that make up the greater whole, most of which are no longer visible. We become witnesses to the ephemeral beauty of change, which is all around us, but rarely noticed. This dialogue, once the property of the external landscape, is now manifest in the internal reconstruction of a building.