Artist America Martin has a new exhibition taking place in New York at present. “The New Figurative” is the title of the show, which explores gender, culture and identity at the JoAnne Artman Gallery. The show runs until February 8, 2018.
The exhibition showcases the fearless, bold use of line and color through the compositions of the artist with a profound sense of form and space. The work of America Martin with these figurative paintings transcends cultural aesthetics as it emerges through the internalized gender aesthetics. The works are in conversation with universal and underlying themes of beauty with nature and the human forms. The exhibition deals with the very nuances of formal idealizations of figure that exist, indeed for both genders and Martin plays upon its duality. The exhibition never overlooks the fact that the exact form of this “perfect” figure is subject to change over time, yet there are certain standards of beauty which always linger back to gender that is constant. To add to this fact, even the ingrained ideas are essential to the identity of males and females. The exhibition at JoAnne Artman Gallery explores the recent works of Martin in light of these invisible nuances of gender perception while it addresses the formal aspects of gender constructs.
America Martin’s compositions of poetic juxtapositions conjure a story, with the figure as a central focal point for much of the framework. Strikingly bold, the expressive lines of Martin’s work are an assimilation of light, color, movement, and form with a unique emphasis on the narrative. The imagery is familiar and transports the viewer, as it is steeped in personal mythology and is deeply allegorical. JoAnne Artman Gallery excavates the space of human forms and its context with the ensemble of work rooted in Martin’s unique approach.
The exhibition quotes on the New York Figurative Expressionism of the 1950s, which was the groundwork that the show has rested upon for the re-introduction of figurative painting as a predominant mode of expression. Quoting on the pure abstraction school of thought instigated by Hans Hoffman, alongside the process of gestural abstraction, figurative painters emerged once again. Much like the still life genre during days of early modernism, even the figures upon the compositions proved fertile while they were the props of expressionism. The explorations were through color relationships with their counterparts of pictorial structures and spatial illusions. Martin’s ensemble is decoding the legacy of utilizing the body’s formal qualities as the prime vehicle to dig deeper into the more visceral aspects of her journey.
The works are alternatively exhilarating and fluid while also densely rich, explore the framework for the art of figuration, portraiture and also the body’s environments. The works are rendered richer being informed as well as characterized by Martin’s Colombian heritage, which helped her to focus on form, narrative and the symbolic.
The exhibition is on view from February 8, 2018, through the Winter and Spring of 2018 at JoAnne Artman Gallery, 511A West 22nd St., New York, NY 10011.
For details, visit: http://www.blouinartinfo.com/galleryguide/joanne-artman-gallery/overview