Zane Bennett Contemporary Art is pleased to announce a video installation and exhibition of prints by Santa Fe artist Mitchell Marti. Also showing, are evocative works that reflect Baltimore artist Soledad Salamé’s passion for the earth’s natural resources. The shows open on Friday, April 27, 2012 and continue through Friday, May 18, 2012. The opening reception is on Friday, April 27 at the gallery, 435 South Guadalupe Street, across from the rail station, from 5:00-7:00 pm to coincide with the Railyard Arts District Last Friday Art Walk. The following day, Saturday, April 28th at 2:00 pm Mitchell Marti will give a presentation about his latest series of work titled Generalized Section.
ABOUT – MITCHELL MARTI
Mitchell Marti is a printmaker and mixed media artist based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Generalized Section is a group of works in print and generative animation, illustrating the growing datascape of information permeating our lives.
In Marti’s statement about this series he says, “Generative animation is a form of moving image that is code based rather than video or film. Condition, my piece for the Generalized Section exhibition is a script, which depends on data, and images found on the web. It first parses RSS (Real Simple Syndicate) weather feeds for data and keywords. The data, such as wind speed and temperature are returned into the script to inform it as how to generate the visualizations. The keywords, such as windy or sunny are used to find images on the web that the script will alter and manipulate.
Condition refers to the ever-growing pile of data we are generating, as well; it refers to the structure of the code itself, which depends on a series of conditional statements to operate. This work states that land is something that is inseparable from data. As we continue to divide and parse land, air and water into smaller units of size and measurement, the task of illustrating the landscape relies on illustrating the datascape as well.”
ABOUT – SOLEDAD SALAMÉ
Soledad Salamé continues to be interested in the transitory and changing world around us – in the constant movement of life. Her work is heavily tied to the natural world, as she works with the evolving boundaries of small islands, the changes in water, and the ever shifting geography of clouds. She uses technology to inform and aid in the development of her work.
Salamé received her B.A. degree in Science and Humanities in 1972 in Santiago, Chile and has been the recipient of several scholarships, awards, and grants, including the Pollock Krasner Grant. In 2001, she created a solo environmental installation in the National Museum of Bellas Artes in Santiago, Chile, entitled "In the Labyrinth of Solitude." From 1999 to 2000, she participated in "Latin American Still Life, Reflections of Time and Place" at the Katonah Museum of Art and El Museo del Barrio in New York. In 1995, she participated in "Latin American Women Artists, 1915 - 1995," which travelled to the Milwaukee Museum of Art, Denver Museum of Art, Phoenix Museum of Art, Miami Art Museum, and culminated at the National Museum of Women in The Arts, Washington, DC. In 1990, she was commissioned to create the set designs for the Baltimore Opera's production of "Carmen". Her work is represented in private and public collections, including the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC, The Baltimore Museum of Art, and the University of Essex, UK. Soledad Salamé currently lives and works in Baltimore, Maryland.