Incidental Structure, a collection of paintings by American artist Lloyd Martin,
will be on display February 23 through March 23 at William Campbell Contemporary
Art. An opening reception will be held Saturday, February 23, from 6:00 to 8:00
p.m. The exhibition will include Martin's distinctive color-rich, abstract
paintings in sizes ranging from large-scale canvases to smaller works on paper.
The paintings survey a dynamic, enigmatic space, where geometry and intuition
intersect to forge harmony between intention and chance, thought and expression.
This is Martin's first solo show at the Campbell gallery
Incidental Structure features nonrepresentational compositions loosely informed
by the physical structures Martin may encounter in his daily visual environment.
"These compositions have been derived from observations of architectural
incidents," writes Martin, who began photographing the old buildings and
mills in the industrial neighborhood around his studio more than a decade ago.
Martin has long been engaged in the language of geometric abstraction. The
vocabulary in his photographic journal along with countless sketches and
collages act as a springboard for new inquiries. He describes his work as
"an implicit pictorial space advanced by a series of organized painting events."
Martin's ordered arrangements become fluid as they shift and flow with a
vibrant rhythm, seen in hard-edged shapes imbued with organic brushwork, bold
color stories, and swaths of varying transparency. The sections move through
time and space, sliding across the picture plane, but also delving into it,
revealing multiple layers down to the origins of the design. By juxtaposing
well-defined segments with freeform brushwork, drips, and smudges, the artist
strikes a balance between a strict formal study and an exploration of movement
that defines each composition's ability to evolve as it manifests in physical,
visual, and intellectual spheres.
Driven by process, the compositions take form as he paints. He approaches each
blank surface without a preconceived notion of the results, relying instead on
the intuitive conversation between artist and medium to manifest whatever is
waiting to be revealed. "I let the process speak as the work," he explains.
"There's a language in the paintings that developed over time that I continue
to pursue," says Martin. "It built from there. I have certain elements I
continue to work with that I play around with and use in different ways
compositionally and with color." So Martin draws from a constant foundational
vocabulary, even as he continues to broaden his pictorial and creative scope.
As such, the work evolves in ways both logical and unexpected as he mines the
infinite potential and nuance of the incidental.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Highly acclaimed over four decades, artist Lloyd Martin lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island. He has exhibited his work in solo and group shows at galleries, museums, and other venues in New York City, Boston, Denver, Providence, Santa Fe, and Washington, D.C., among others. Internationally, he has exhibited in South Korea and Taiwan.
Martin's work has appeared in national and regional publications such as Art in America, ARTnews, Art New England, City Arts, New Hampshire Home, the New York Times, NY Arts Magazine, the New York Sun, the Providence Phoenix, and the Providence Journal. Collections featuring his work include, among others, the Cleveland Museum of Art; the RISD Museum in Providence; the Federal Reserve Art Collection; the Mead Art Museum in Amherst, Massachusetts; the University Art Museum at the University at Albany, State University of New York; and Fidelity Investments in Smithfield, Rhode Island.
Lloyd Martin earned his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, and has received numerous painting and drawing fellowships from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.