Opening reception: Thursday, January 26, 6 -8 pm
Mitchell-Innes & Nash is pleased to present its
third solo show of Brooklyn painter Chris Martin.
The exhibition will feature a group of new
paintings, including several from a new series
painted on newspaper grids.
Chris Martin was born in 1954 and lives and works
in Brooklyn, New York. His current solo exhibition
Staring into the Sun at the Kunsthalle Dusseldorf,
on view through January 15, is accompanied by a
fully-illustrated catalogue. Martin’s first solo
museum show took place in 2010 at the Corcoran
Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. He has been
featured in notable survey shows including
“Abstract America” at the Saatchi Gallery in
London, “Painting as Fact – Fact as Fiction” at de
Pury and Luxembourg, Zurich, and “The Painted
World” at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long
Island City, New York. His work is in public
collections including the Corcoran Gallery; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and the Denver
Art Museum. He is represented by Mitchell-Innes & Nash.
Martin is a firm believer in the beauty and surprise of chance operations, in knowing and not being sure of
what he is doing at any given moment. His painting materials have included foam insulation, roof cement,
glitter, pom-poms, felt, bread, photographs, and newspaper clippings, record albums, and “smoke on canvas,”
while he has painted on vinyl, bath towels, aluminum foil, and burlap… His approach is at the same time
serious, playful, and playfully serious.
Martin’s vehicle is unquestionably painting, its history and those he identifies with as its key spiritual
practitioners, and in quoting from them he is enfolding their visual language with his own, simultaneously
conversing with these artists and being inside of his own head. In this sense, painting is equally a means for
him to lose and find himself, over and over again.