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 ...Read More
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.Read Less
About the Artist
About Chris Martin
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
DescriptionScreenprint with ground tire rubber flocking on black areas.
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