Martin Pearce

Martin Pearce

Traces/Tracing: Drawing into Painting 

January 16 - May 8, 2016

Traces/Tracing: Drawing into Painting is on view in Gallery Two

Spring Reception:

Sunday, January 24, 2016 12-3pm

Sponsored by the Revival House, Black Swan Brewing Co. and Stratford Blooms


Artist Statement:

This exhibition brings together a group of large paintings from 2011-2012 with some new smaller works.

The large paintings adopt a modernist trope, that of the reduction of organic forms (of a tree, for example that we might find in Mondrian’s work) to a matrix of horizontal and vertical lines – in these paintings those matrices become unstable grids. The lines in the paintings were made with a china marker or grease pencil and they were systematically applied and partially erased several times in order to “complicate” the network of marks; the various iterations of superimposed grid-like lines building a set of “traces” on the surface. Those traces have an indeterminate status, one that may refer to the original object (that tree again) or to the visual language employed to suggest the presence of that object.

The smaller paintings propose a different descriptive language in contrast to the grid; fragments of incised line dealing with the particular structure of leaf and branch. Once more a trace of the object appears. This time the trace is traced (!) as an image is projected onto the surface of the paintings and scratched into an encaustic ground.  

These are all drawings more than paintings and drawing is an activity that I find to be fundamentally speculative. The question, for me, has to be: how can a work of art address its material condition and simultaneously conjure an imaginary world? 

- Martin Pearce, 2016

image credit:  Martin Pearce