Luis De Jesus is very pleased to present Heather Gwen Martin's second solo exhibition, titled "Recreational Systems", on view from September 11 through October 16, 2010.
Drawing from comics, television, and everyday situations, Heather Gwen Martin's abstract paintings explore playfully violent scenarios where household objects morph into cartoon weapons and imagined forces battle each other against bright, acidic-hued backgrounds. With this new body of work Martin continues to subvert the traditional rules of painting, offering canvases whose flat spaces open up "three-dimensionally" in ways that skew balance, proportionality, and composition. Contrasting this tension and awkward balance is her clean, controlled brush work and highly saturated colors, qualities directly influenced by her experience over the past decade as a digital colorist for comics.
Martin acknowledges, "Technology has affected the way that my hand, eye, and brain work because I spent a lot of time at a computer with my hand making shapes and color. You have to be precise with your hand. It's not real color—it's the color on the screen, instant and artificial with clean lines precise down to the pixel."
In his introduction to the color catalog that accompanies this exhibition, Kim MacConnel writes:
"Heather's work is uncompromising in its originality, inventiveness, beauty and mystery. The more I look at her paintings, the more I question the source of her vision. Her paintings evoke the body of works forged by such historic figures as Conrad Marca-Relli, Roberto Matta, Ashile Gorky, the pre-"action painting" of Jackson Pollack, and his wife Lee Krasner, as well as John Altoon. They all seem linked to Heather's work. ...Their drawings are "readable" as with representation, but barely. And like dreams or thoughts, disappear when looked at head on." [read Kim MacConnel's full introduction]
Heather Gwen Martin was born 1977 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Martin studied at the University of California, San Diego, where she received a BA with honors (1999), and at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2001).
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