The Most Abstracted/The Last All-In-Ones

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© Courtesy of Christopher Cutts Gallery
© Courtesy of the artist and Christopher Cutts Gallery
The Most Abstracted/The Last All-In-Ones

21 Morrow Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M6R 2H9
February 2nd, 2013 - February 27th, 2013
Opening: February 2nd, 2013 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Dundas West
Tue-Sat 10-6


Christopher Cutts Gallery is pleased to present its 15th solo Ron Martin exhibition.

Martin who has been exhibiting with the gallery since 1991, will present in the north gallery, his third and concluding installation of the All-In-One Paintings/Projections. These works continue Martin’s investigation of the relationship between the art object and its viewer.

The All-In-One Projections are deconstructed paintings that are then reconfigured into wall depended sculptures. These painted objects, literally reach into the physical realm of the beholder, whom Martin refers to as the “critical subject”.

In the south gallery Martin has created an installation titled The Most Abstracted. It is composed of numerous steel mesh screens in which paint has been strained. In his exhibition statement he describes that in the late 1990’s he needed some white oil paint and had decided to reconstitute the required pigment from dried out paint. The dried pigment was soaked in a solution and then strained through a square steel mesh, which was pushed hence concaved over a coffee tin. In so doing the required white paint was reclaimed. Martin then took the steel mesh with the remnants of strained paint and pinned it on the wall.

After more than a decade of looking at this odd artifact, he decided to replicate this process countless times, creating a site-specific installation.

Martin states that “ Well in not having ever before seen such an installation work installed in a solo exhibition, I can only, at this point, speculate on what the significance of the work entails. Aside from the fact that this work is the most abstract I have ever produced: my guess is, it may be like some new works of art. In that it takes on the dynamics of being like something that carries inflated thought to the extreme in relation to a form that is unfamiliar. Such pleases me to no end.”