Bob Marty

Paintings & other objects of art

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.

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RECENT WORKS

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EARLIER WORKS

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About Bob Marty

Bob Marty decided to be an artist after falling in love with Willem De Kooning’s paintings at age 14. He graduated from Pratt Institute with a BFA in painting and took a job designing and building puppet characters for Sesame Street, including Big Bird.

 

As part of the same job, he also helped create costumes, props, and sets for two George Balanchine ballets – Persephone and Symphony Pathetique – for the New York City Ballet.

 

In 1985, he moved into television production and founded MPI Media Productions International and Inky Dinky Worldwide. Throughout the last nearly 30 years, MPI and IDW have produced and distributed programs for PBS, NBC, CBS, A&E, Discovery Health Network, BBC, the Hallmark Channel, and many others. His programs for PBS have raised an estimated $350 million dollars and include some of the biggest hits in the network’s history.

Solo Exhibitions

2008

Bob Marty NEW WORKS, Van Brunt Gallery, Beacon, NY

2007

Nothing on TV, Next Gallery, New York, NY

2006

New Works, BooMA Gallery, New York, NY

2002

Inside/Out, Encore Gallery, Block Island, Rhode Island (Catalogue available)

 

Group Exhibitions & Two-Person Exhibitions

2014

PIEROGI XX, Pierogi Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

 

2007

From Ironic to Iconic, BooMA Gallery, New York, NY (Curator, catalogue available)

The Edge, Apex Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ

Momenta Gallery 2007 Benefit, White Columns, New York, NY  & Momenta Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Summer Hits, Apex Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ

2006

Abstract Artists, Apex Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ

2005

Group Show, Apex Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ

Momenta Gallery 2005 Benefit, White Columns, New York, NY  & Momenta Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

 

Group Exhibitions & Two-Person Exhibitions continued…

2010

SHAPE-SHIFTERS, BooMA Gallery, New York, NY

 

2004

COMPLEX COLLISIONS, Julie Durkin & Bob Marty, Locus Media Gallery, New York, NY

Momenta Gallery 2004 Benefit, White Columns, New York, NY  & Momenta Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2003

SCENT, The Proposition Gallery, New York, NY & Avery Fisher Hall, New York, NY & The Sculpture Center, Queens, NY

Momenta Gallery 2003 Benefit, White Columns, New York, NY  & Momenta Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

THE BURBS, DFN Gallery, New York, NY (Catalogue available)

2002

Night of 1,000 Drawings, Artist Space, New York, NY

A Gathering of Tribes, Tribes Gallery, New York, NY

Gallery Group Exhibition, Encore Gallery, Block Island, Road Island

2001 

TAKE heART, MPI Gallery, New York, NY

Provocative Images, Encore Gallery, Block Island, Rhode Islan