Grey, Black, and Brown, 2011 - Chris Martin

About the Work

About Grey, Black, and Brown

Vaguely suggestive of a musical score, this composition by Martin sets muted brown, dark grey, and black in a line of waves. Employing actual tire rubber dust to paint the black tones, the work seems to originate from the tire ...

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Vaguely suggestive of a musical score, this composition by Martin sets muted brown, dark grey, and black in a line of waves. Employing actual tire rubber dust to paint the black tones, the work seems to originate from the tire treads, although there are also deep poetic connotations in the lines that originate from Martin's emotional associations with the music of James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Issac Hayes, Curtis Mayfield, and The Temptations.

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About the Artist

About Chris Martin

Though abstract in composition, Chris Martin's works reflect a strong connection to the physical (and very social) world that he inhabits. Incorporating geometry and ...Read More
Though abstract in composition, Chris Martin's works reflect a strong connection to the physical (and very social) world that he inhabits. Incorporating geometry and rhythmic patterns that relate to his memories and experiences of music, literature, film, and the natural world, his paintings and screenprints incorporate objects such as records, newspapers, and household supplies.

Often collaborating with performers, Martin claims that "the actual performing of a painting involves giving oneself over to a series of actions and trusting in the body and what the body knows." While he believes that artists should rely on what they know best as subject matter—in his case, favorite music or certain landscapes—he also challenges notions of static identity in his art. The resulting works defy limits. They are dazzling, disruptive proof that, as Martin says, "when we forget ourselves it's very exhilarating."

Even in his presentation, Martin makes his connection to the outside world explicit. In the 1970s and 80s, this connection was exemplified by his staged "happenings" with other artists and musicians. Most recently, he has taken to installing his paintings in non-traditional exhibitions spaces such as bus stops, nightclubs, and storefronts. At a 2005 exhibition at Sideshow in Williamsburg, Martin hung his large-scale canvases on the side of building where the gallery was located, and placed several on the gallery floor, thereby engaging the viewer to re-calibrate their experience with physical art objects.Read Less

Grey, Black, and Brown, 2011

Chris Martin

Mixed Media
Size Price
44.00" x 27.75" $3,800
Edition of 20

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Description

Screenprint with ground tire rubber flocking on black areas.

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Signed and numbered by the artist.

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