Utica College Edith Langley Barrett Fine Art Gallery
March 3 to March 29, 2008
Martin Weinstein, Solo Exhibition
Teresa in the Landscape
Monday - Friday: 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Meet the Artist:
Tuesday, March 4, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
in the Gallery
Martin Weinstein is a painter for whom the portrait and natural world still hold meaning. His figuration holds together a truth about relationships and the efflorescences of nature. He describes himself as having been an abstract painter, but with a love for the visible world he kept portraying it in work he held separate. Abstraction did not satisfy him and he began a different kind of layering with representation for new imagined realities. He is concerned with how we are moved to see, and how does this act of seeing show us our own inner world from the wider world.
The Teresa series began in 2004 and place his wife Teresa and the landscape into and around each other in translucent layers reflecting the beauty of each. The intensity of vision in the paintings is unusual in the layered plexiglass construction for multiple views and moving painting beyond traditions in painting. Painterly strokes bring our seeing to realize we are viewing layers and not actual three dimensional shape and form. He does not trick us as we see, he challenges us to consider what we see and perceive what is real. Weinstein’s techniques merge the figurative and landscape into translucent and ghosted depth of field in and challenge our vision to reconsider realism and the sense of passing time and sense of place as we see Teresa changing scale, unfixed and changing.
Weinstein paintings are in prestigious collections such chase Manhattan Bank in NYC, Paradise and Alberts in NYC and Gallerie Jean Claude Bellier in Paris. His exhibition record reflects selected group exhibitions in New York and solo exhibitions across the USA. He grew up in New York with an early affinity for art and was encouraged by his painter father to paint and visit museums. Weinstein earned his BFA from the Tyler School of Art in 1974. His early influences were abstractionist Hans Hoffman and Morris Louis for his elegant stains. Dorthea Rockburn and her use of translucency to create forms influenced him greatly. In 1980, Martin and Teresa founded Art in General, a leading alternative art space in lower Manhattan.
Support provided by Katherine T. Carter and Assoc.
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