15 Highlights from Brussels Art Days
Wednesday Miles is part of a series of three screenprints by Chris Martin that were inspired by recordings of four consecutive performances by Miles Davis at the legendary Fillmore East in 1970. Wednesday Miles features digitally scanned images of jet-black vinyl records, their bright red labels fully legible. Arranged tightly in two unsteady stacks, they evoke a feeling of irrepressible energy. The background’s bright, Warholesque brushwork—in 1,000-Watt shades of yellow, blue, red, and green—is also part of the visual music.
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