One World Trade Center’s Lobby Gets Two Massive Brushstrokes
The Painting is the Gesture marks Donald Martiny’s much-anticipated return to Galleri Urbane since his 2013 solo exhibition. Since Martiny's commission to create two large works for the permanent collection at One World Trade Center, he has been a highly sought after artist with exhibitions worldwide. Martiny breaks down painting to its most elemental origin, the brushstroke. His gestural works appear as single gargantuan strokes of paint. Meticulously plotted but never overwrought, each work appears effortless, bridging the gap between painting and sculpture. His approach to art necessitates viewing fabrication as performances he rehearses for. Each work demonstrates the artist’s relationship with movement, in what Martiny calls “dancing or swimming in the paint.” Both technique and final product are defined by this kind of dynamism. With each new painting, Martiny challenges himself; expanding the range of materials and corporeality within the works.
The titles of the paintings for this series are named after extinct languages from around the world. A few years ago the artist spent time in the Amazon jungle (near the boarder between Bolivia and Peru) with a small group of indigenous people, They spoke a language that less than 200 people spoke, the artist realized that when they are gone the culture is gone….. Painters invent their own languages… Martiny has certainly invented his own. The two paintings at the One World Trade Center in NY are named after the two extinct languages that were spoken in lower Manhattan before the settlers arrived: Lanape and Unami.
Martiny lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He studied at the School of the Visual Arts, The Art Students League in New York, New York University and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Martiny’s work has shown at the Falmouth Museum in Cornwall, UK; the Contemporary Art Museum Raleigh, NC; Madison Gallery in La Jolla, CA. and is currently in a solo exhibition at the Alden B Dow Museum of Art in Michigan and in a group show in Stuttgart Germany at Galerie Klaus Braun.
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