ODD ARTIST OUT
by Jerry Saltz
Chris Martin, "Paintings," Sept. 16-Oct. 24, 2005, at Sideshow, 319 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Chris Martin is a perennial member of the large, by nature neglected, nonetheless crucial and treasured confederacy known as "artist's artists." He's one of the dark horses and workers-at-the-edge respected by their peers who never quite get their due. Probably most artists feel like members of this tribe to one degree or another. I don't know if there's a correlation between Martin's generous-to-a-fault, almost shoot-yourself-in-the-foot selflessness and his reputation as one of the better underappreciated painters around, but his current all-over-the-place not-really-a-one-man show draws attention to his dilemma.