Wednesday Miles, 2011 - Chris Martin
About the Work
About Wednesday Miles
Wednesday Miles is part of a series of three screenprints by Chris Martin that were inspired by recordings of four consecutive performances by Miles Davis at the legendary Fillmore East in 1970. Wednesday Miles features digitally scanned images of jet-black ...Read More
Wednesday Miles is part of a series of three screenprints by Chris Martin that were inspired by recordings of four consecutive performances by Miles Davis at the legendary Fillmore East in 1970. Wednesday Miles features digitally scanned images of jet-black vinyl records, their bright red labels fully legible. Arranged tightly in two unsteady stacks, they evoke a feeling of irrepressible energy. The background's bright, Warholesque brushwork—in 1,000-Watt shades of yellow, blue, red, and green—is also part of the visual music.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 archival inkjet and collage.
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