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Martos Gallery

Exhibition Detail
Smmer Show
540 W. 29th St.
New York, NY 10001


July 10th, 2008 - August 10th, 2008
 
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BILL ALBERTINI 

This work is one of a series of images of three models that Albertini built in 2002 and 2003, based on the imagery from the 

1972 Soviet sci-fi film Solaris by Andrei Tarkovsky.  The film depicts the memories and fantasies of the occupants of a space 

station in orbit around the planet Solaris, acting as an overall metaphor for the weakening quality of life in the Soviet 

State.  Albertini’s visual representations of the film act as a commentary on how technologies of digital imaging and 

reproduction become the source of new ideas and imagined situations. 

 

JAN KOPP 

In his photographs, Jan Kopp pulls us into a pataphysical world, Alfred Jarry’s term for the poetic and unstable world of 

referents and pointers separated from reality.  The modular nature of his images remind us of Wittgenstein’s famous 

remark from the Tractatus Philosophicus, stating that “the form is the possibility of the structure.”  One is constantly 

confronted by both the familiarity of these structures, while simultaneously being unsure of their true nature. 

 

SERVANE MARY 

As part of a series of women’s portraits made with tempera on wood, this work exemplifies the artist’s focus on the visual 

language of portraiture.  Servane Mary has skillfully reproduced faces taken from magazines and placed them on a plain 

background, omitting any formal figuration.  In this way, the emotions shown on the women’s faces become the subject 

matter of the work, creating a profound style of representation that rises above the genre of portraiture. 

 

CURTIS MITCHELL 

When Curtis Mitchell entered the art scene in the 1980s with his own kind of process art, he was known for altering 

prefabricated materials and found objects with dirt, glass, and even chemicals.  In his latest series entitled “Meltdowns,” 

Mitchell abandons objects for large-scale images.  These prints are produced on photographic paper and treated with 

chemicals to create gorgeous patterns of light drips and streaks. 

 

LYLE STARR 

Lyle Starr’s brightly colored, puzzle-like paintings inspire reflection on the mediated reality of daily life.  In their 

overlapping and interlocking parts, Starr locates the fragments of a culturally defined "self," creating works in which the 

individual is both lost and found.  Achieved through the use of opaque areas of color and the careful management of space, 

the transparent imagery causes the collapse of signs and objects, guiding us to see through them to ourselves. 

 

PAWEL WOJTASIK 

With his twenty-two minute video, Aquarium, 2006, Pawel Wojtasik makes a powerful statement about the devastating 

impact man has on the environment.  Filmed in Alaska’s Resurrection Bay, near Prince William Sound (where the Exxon 

Valdez dumped eleven million gallons of heavy crude oil in 1989), at the Alaska SeaLife Center aquarium in Seward (built by 

Exxon in 1998 in an attempt to repair its public image), at Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Connecticut, and at the New York 

Aquarium, The Aquarium hauntingly examines the domestication of marine life. 


 


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