Chris Martin @Mitchel-Innes & NashAbstract (a group show)534 W 26th Street
Image is fromJames Wagner.com
Ha! I love the signature! So wrong it's just gotta be right.
Painter of light.
the walls come tumbling down
el guero no cerrar para arriba. eso es una buena cosa
This is a very strong show.
Wow! This is energizing! That little stip of sky at the top totally does it for me. It's a subterranean cityscape / jungle gym made out of stained glass by a precocious set of first graders. Or something. On the signature... I've been hardcore anti-sig. for as long as I can remember. Gotta admit though... it adds something to this painting. Would I like it more or less without? Not sure. Possibly less. Hmm...
El Kentucky derby es decadente y depravado
I really liked his invite to his show last year, with all his friends and paintings hanging out on the east river.
im really into the out door pieces as a reaction to the graff. in the area. pleasure to walk past.
id like to see it in a good galleryor maybe outside.
about the signituresi was agaist them when i first began,when i realized everyone else hated them too, they began to make sense. I like it here. its purposeful and works but isn't Sean Landers..
The small band of sky at the top of the painting is what is known to the square of a small band of abstract artists the clue and the tell-tail, that this painting it is not playing the thing but entering another real: A sky at the top calls the catacombs below; buildings, cars, parks, signs and even a signature that stands in for time and another group, or even may well tell of the play in the avenues of the heady day. UPFRONT!The signature reminds me of that dutch guy PM, and the guy who paints white things.Sister be gets it: his is energizing! That little strip of sky at the top totally does it for me. It's a subterranean cityscape / jungle gym made out of stained glass by a precocious set of first graders. Or something.
looks like a w-burg building on a sunny day with a throw-up on the side, everything is a part of a wider concept.
i saw 2006 CM at a bar the other day having a drink with Buddha...i believe they were drinking a dark lager...
Painter, nice to finally see Chris up at PaintersNYC. This cat is one of the Williamsburg pioneers, and he’s taken an active interest in promoting others in the scene as well as his own unique interests. Not only is he one of the more interesting abstract painters who commingles a kind of rigorous formalism with a hipster psychedelic transcendentalism, (check out his mushroom pieces) but he’s written some great theoretical essays on his views of painting for the Brooklyn Rail.This painting is representational of one direction his work has taken in the last five years since deciding to add color to his previous palette of black and white. To get a sense of his more whimsical side, check out the painting in the office which has slices of Wonder-bread encased in resin and paint. Saw him in Miami, we both liked a German painter’s work we saw at NADA in the Ben Kaufman booth, Matthias Dornfeld. Kinda like a Tel R light, not bad.
This is great.
This is poo-poo, it says nothing to me but "I am a mindless art-fag. Do you think I'm sexy?"Sincerest apple orgies to artist and fans.
Errata: Sorry folks the Chris Martin painting with the Wonder-bread in resin is behind the reception desk at Baungartner 522 West 24th Street not at Mitchel-Innes and Nash. Seems Chris is so busy I can’t keep track of all the shows he’s currently in, and the irrepressible James Wagner’s photo’s give a nice overview of the small works.Southernagrian, your critical insights are brilliant, and your use of language is eloquent, don’t you really write for ARTFORUM?
kalm james: come on. don't be so persnippitty to Sothernagrian. He's expressing his opinion, and you come on with some faux clout. Heck, do YOU write for Artforum? (not that anyone cares if you do)
nncgt, I’m all for expressing an opinion, but poo-poo ain’t really the kind of opinion that tells me why you don’t like something. Criticism requires some expenditure of energy and dare we say “intellect”. If you don’t like something use some brain-power and figure out a way to say it clearly: It’s poo-poo because…. Come on show me some chops kid.
just in case anyone's gonna return to this old post, let me respond to kalm j. The language of my previous post fits my message. If you have problems with the language, you have problems with the message-- which is that this work, in my opinion, reflects a sensibility that is far from being maturely attuned to the foremost issues of the times--for me a prerequisite for art of the highest quality; not in the sense of being dogmatically or overtly political but of being politically aware. This painting is derivative in the worst sense, taking old forms and using them to no vital purpose. My suspicion that this artist is playing at art too much with an eye toward ego/status gratification and too little out of a desire to communicate some spiritually edifying quality through the medium was strong enough to suggest to me the florid term "poo-poo" and to accuse Mr. Martin of some shallowness.Looking again, I do appreciate the painting's simple glow of color, the suggestion of sky that was mentioned, and a certain spacious purity or innocence. But for me it is an innocence lacking maturity, and likely resisting maturity and/or feigning the innocence. I don't claim necessarily to be right, or that my response was as thoroughly insighful as it might have been, but show some versatility in evaluating language styles kj. And if you need a translation just ask. You're notion of "chops" has a whiff of superficiality to my nostrils, in all due respect.Anyhoo
Post scriptus - I think it was clear enough: It's poopoo because its heavy on image and light on substance (Ima "art-fag" do ya think I'm sexy?)
Thanks for the follow up to that. Random cybersurfers/artists appreciate it. After seeing one of those shows I have to admit that your first post made sense even more in some ways using poo-poo-- medium is the message. But it was good to see that you could also verbalize it pretty damn well in orthodox fashion.
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