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Martin Bland

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Perepetaia, 2009, oil paint on canvas, 86 x 137 inches
Lonitherus, 2008, oil paint on canvas, 50 x 54 inches
maharam Tantarum, 2008, pencil and acrylic paint on paper, 38 x 50 inches
Untitled, 2008, oil paint on linen, 22 x 14 inches
Untitled, 2008,pencil on paper heightened with conte crayon,14 3/4 x 15 inches
Artist's Statement

What happens if artists re-introduce the 3rd dimension into painting, while not making sculpture or a hybrid instead? It would necessarily entail going back, looking at the old and placing it at the service of the new. My work explores what this looks like, a formalism which disinterested in the stringent conditions of flatness is in favour of a robust illusionism, and complexity in arrangement on the formal plane rather than the photographic one. My work is an exploration of that art which helped coalesce the way we picture the world as it is, by shaping our views of science and reality, of time and space. I utilize painting and imbue it with this new sense of the world, in the hopes that the result may be in one sense similar, the coalescing of the way in which one sees the world. I present my vision of the world, assuming it to be one shared, though not yet articulated.


Martin Bland was born in Reading, England, and grew up in North Carolina. He holds an MFA in Painting from Hunter College. His work has been shown widely in group shows here in New York and throughout the southeast. He has been an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center and at the Gordion dighouse in Turkey. Most recently Martin traveled to Granada Spain to study at the Alhambra with Keith Critchlow. This led to the publication of Useful: a step by step guide to the understanding of generative number in form, published in 2009 by Pataphysical Longing Productions. Martin Lives and works in Brooklyn New York.