DESCRIPTION OF ART AND PROCESS
“I believe that there is more in the Universe than what we see with our eyes.
Dreams, intuition, wisdom, and faith go beyond direct perception, and suggest a larger truth about the world and the human condition.” – Bob Marty
BOB MARTY has created an enormous “image bank” from a variety of different sources including original drawings and paintings, photographs, archival materials, and clippings from magazines. He combines and transforms these images through a digital compositing process. The newly assembled images are then painted on, drawn over, sculpted, re-photographed, and otherwise “touched” to extract fresh metaphors, myths and narratives.
The recent grid-based works such as “I Can't Sleep” reflect his background as a television producer and director in which multiple angles, focuses, and scales are part of every television control room. His visual language is an ‘editing’ process; selecting and discarding, covering and emphasizing, disguising and revealing; the visual language, movement, and time of television in two dimensions.
These curiously cryptic mixed media works are based on personal myths and popular cultural narratives. The paintings explore the collision of vanity and humility, personal and communal, the real and the illusionary, mass media and fine art, literal and symbolic, chance and deliberation; amongst other things.
As narrative puzzles, these paintings insist on conscious interpretation. MARTY mixes metaphors and asks the viewer to connect the ideas and visual ‘clues’ to synthesize an underlying theme and meaning. The paintings suggest more than a literal reading of the juxtaposed visual elements.
5 September - 5 October, 2014
Friday, 5 September. 7-10pm
Pierogi, founded in 1994, is located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn—an area vital to the larger art scene because of its concentration of diverse artists and its innovative gallery scene. Pierogi features the work of emerging and mid-career artists in an eclectic range of media—from the conceptual drawings of Mark Lombardi to the multi-media works of Jonathan Schipper, and the dynamic large-scale paintings of Yoon Lee, to the panoramic and filmic drawings of Dawn Clements; as well as curated exhibitions such as the award-winning Dead Tree installation (a recreation of the Robert Smithson work originally shown in Dusseldorf’s Kunsthalle, 1969).