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Heather Gwen Martin

Transpositional

Mar 22 - Apr 26, 2008

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press release


PRESS RELEASE

HEATHER MARTIN: Transpositional
MARCH 22 – APRIL 26, 2008

LUIS DE JESUS is proud to present HEATHER MARTIN: “Transpositional”, on exhibit in Gallery Two, opening March 22 through April 26, 2008. You are cordially invited to join us for an artist’s reception on Saturday, March 22, from 6 to 9 pm.

Sex, violence, and machine are themes that San Diego artist HEATHER MARTIN draws upon to address the psychological and physical interactions of humans. For “Transpositional,” her debut exhibition at Luis De Jesus Seminal Projects, Martin has created a series of oil paintings in which human, machine, cartoon, and alien forces come together, twisted and distorted, and become interchangeable forms in constructed battles scenes of acidic color and artifice. Inspired by trashy “reality” television and animated cartoon shows—from Cops and Jenny Jones, to The Real World, Elimidate, and Looney Tunes—as well as trips to the grocery store, everyday situations become funny, bizarre encounters that manifest into plans to take over the world as toys, weapons, and space invaders go to work.

The abstraction of these notions takes the subject into a realm of its own. Everyday occurrences blow up or dissolve with a different physicality. Events in this reality can be as abstract and as pathetically humorous as those constructed by television. Visually, the figures and objects in Martin’s paintings take on a similar form, putting life and machine into an interchangeable format, and suggesting the crossover of associations tied to both. The figures are ungrounded, simplified, and distorted, and she uses backgrounds with no specific tie to any particular physical space, setting, or location. Since the readability of the imagery is not straightforward, Martin’s titles offer subtle, biographical clues into the context and humor, or absurdity of the paintings.

A native of Saskatchewan, Canada, Heather Martin studied at the University of California San Diego (BA, 1999), and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2001). She lives and works in San Diego, CA.