Project InsideOut OutsideIn
May 12 - 22, 2010
Opening Reception May 12th 6-8
Closing Reception for the artist Saturday, May 22nd, 6 PM
Collette Blanchard Gallery is pleased to present Project InsideOut OutsideIn, which features the multimedia, interactive work of Shantell Martin. May 12 - May 22nd.
Project InsideOut OutsideIn expands upon Martin's ever-changing, growing world in which the ephemera of the everyday is taken out of its natural world to highlight the simplest essence of the environs referenced by Martin. As Martin literally turns the gallery inside-out, bringing inside what is meant to be out,side the viewer becomes a participant; what is private becomes transparent, and what seems obvious cannot be taken literally. This bonanza of collaboration of illustration, music, light, performance, and being there to see what happens produces a playful, backward, asymmetrical environment. In the artist's words, the work is , "completely spontaneous. Nothing is rehearsed, nothing is practiced." Whimsical, meticulous drawings that emerge as digitized media or ink renderings on canvas, walls, windows, and cars meander from the surface of their origin to human skin via light, ink, and/or spatial proximity. Martin's depictions abstract the contexts of reference images through stream-of-conscious associations between inanimate objects and anthropomorphic forms. With the simplicity of a line Martin creates delicate, intricate, and ever-changing otherworldly landscapes populated with quasi-humans and other creatures, all engaged in the process of evolving into something else. She expands conventional definitions of drawing, pioneering an area that combines improvised live illustration, light, and audience interaction.
Martin is an illustrator, live performer, VJ and videographer. Originally from London and having spent years in Japan, Martin currently resides in NY and exhibits internationally. She recently completed an interactive project at MoMA, was a panelist at the 2010 PSFK conference at the Museum for Jewish Heritage, and her numerous collaborations include projects with Adidas, Harajuku, Wacom Japan, Soho House, Hudson Terrace and Studio B, to name a few. Martin released her first solo DVD in February of 2009.
The artist will be performing in collaboration with live bands, a cellist and a violinist.
For more information, please contact the gallery at 917.639.3912 or firstname.lastname@example.org.