Jason Martin: Painting as Sculpture

Jason Martin: Painting as Sculpture
Library Shelf Location 18.MART
Publication Date 2013

From the Lisson Gallery. Text refers to the exhibition of the same name.

"Jason Martin effects oscillations between sculpture and painting, with the vigour of action painting but a controlled hand. He is perhaps best known for his monochromatic paintings, where layers of oil or acrylic gel are dragged across hard surfaces such as aluminium, stainless steel or Plexiglas with a fine, comb-like piece of metal or board in one movement, often repeated many times. Striations catch the light, their rhythmic textures suggestive of the ridges in a vinyl record, strands of wet hair, the grain of a feather – and whose titles flirt with association (Comrade, Amphibian, Corinthian). Martin does away with paint altogether in his wall-mounted casts of copper, bronze and nickel, whose surfaces are unctuous but frozen. In pure pigment works, vivid colour is applied to moulded panels, whose baroque contortions appear like an extreme close-up of a painter’s palette. These raw, worked surfaces find their equal and opposite in the recent sculpture Behemoth (2012), where the object (a huge cubic pile of cork on the floor) is impregnated with black pigment, rendering it a mass of surface. "

ISBN 9780947830434
Quantity 1
Pages 72p; 19.5 x 1.2 x 24.5 cm
Author Luca Massimo Barbero
Formats Hardback, Ward Ossian
Publisher Lisson Gallery, London
Related Artist Jason Martin
Categories Artist (relating to a single artist/collaborative team), Painting
Language English

Other Artists

Other Recent Books