Project InsideOut OusideIn
12 May - 22 May, 2010
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. Details regarding these performances are listed below.
For more information, please contact the gallery at 917.639.3912 or firstname.lastname@example.org.