15 Highlights from Brussels Art Days
Thursday Miles is part of a series of three 43” x 28” screenprints inspired by the recordings of four consecutive performances by Miles Davis at the legendary Fillmore East in 1970. Set against an abstract expressionistic background, the black records in this work are connected by a web of orange lines that form an ordered, geometric pattern. In the composition, Martin transforms the musical records into nodes in a computer-generated system, or cogs in a mechanical void.
Drawing on inspiration from Buddhism to Amy Winehouse, Chris Martin “lets the paintings make themselves” and creates bold abstract works that explore the unknowable psychological tendencies of art. His canvases are characterized by flat-yet-textured planes of saturated color, and will often incorporate found materials and highly personal paper ephemera. Works such as Untitled (2013) demonstrate the influence of Pablo Picasso's collages, and his canvases' strong geometries also elaborate a self-proclaimed attachment to Piet Mondrian. Martin's practice came of age in 1980s New York, which saw the explosion of the East Village art scene, led by Keith Haring, as well as the tragedy of the AIDS crisis.
American, b. 1954, Washington, D.C., based in Brooklyn, New York