En­tan­gled Fig­ures

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Grow­ing up in Mil­dura, Aus­tralia, Matt R. Martin’s main ex­po­sure to art was through watch­ing movies. His works, as a re­sult, of­ten have a cin­e­matic feel to them. A se­ries of Martin’s new paint­ings will be on view at RJD Gallery in a show ti­tled The Traces We Leave.

The gallery notes, “We are proud to wel­come Matt R. Martin to RJD Gallery, as we have ad­mired his technical tal­ents, evoca­tive nar­ra­tives and unique com­po­si­tions for many years. His new­est se­ries The Traces We Leave re­in­forces his sig­na­ture style that has evolved into an ethe­real pal­ette of in­ter­wo­ven fig­ures.”

Re­fer­ring to his mother’s work as a bal­let teacher, the artist notes, “I was al­ways ob­serv­ing dancers and, sub­con­sciously, their dex­ter­ity and wide range of con­trolled move­ment, surely, I think that crept in as a source.” Through­out his ca­reer, Martin has stud­ied and ex­plored the hu­man form in an ef­fort to find per­fec­tion and share in phys­i­cal and emo­tional con­cepts. In paint­ings such as Feel her own shadow and Whis­pered, fig­ures are en­tan­gled, and the viewer can­not be sure where one body ends and the other be­gins. “These works ex­­man pos­tures and pro­pri­o­cep­tion, as well as its ori­en­ta­tion, which forces the viewer to con­sider the hu­man form as a whole, along with its var­i­ous ges­tures, shapes and ex­pres­sions of body lan­guage,” Martin says.

Martin thinks of his paint­ing style as one of “height­ened real­ism.” He ex­plains, “It’s def­i­nitely a con­tin­u­a­tion of a theme that I have been ex­plor­ing whilst in­cor­po­rat­ing [sev­eral styles]. I’m al­ways try­ing to blend var­i­ous styles that may in­flu­ence me, and this is one those ex­plo­rations.”

The Traces We Leave will be on view from May 12 through June 12.

RJD Gallery 2385 Main Street, Bridgehampton, NY 11932 (631) 725-1161 •

1 Feel her own shadow, oil on board, 19½ x 15¾"

2 Chrysalis, oil on board, 17¼ x 11¾"

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