Annie Martin exhibition
Pith Gallery is pleased to announce everything that rises and temporal drawings, a solo exhibition by Lethbridge based artist Annie Martin. The exhibition finds Martin, who usually creates very minimal work, exploring a much more material, gaudy, narrative, and humorous aesthetic.
The show will feature a collection of ad hoc structures that float in the space, accompanied by the sound of cacophonic radio noise. Also on display will be a set of drawings tangentially related to the sculptural works, made up of an accumulation of marks over a specific period of time. The works explore concerns around material accumulation, collection, decoration, cultural and spiritual aspiration, and forms of social isolation, abjection and survival.
Opening Reception: May 10th, 8-11pm.
Annie Martin – Artist Statement
My art practice crosses materials and media and is characterized by my interest in sensory sensitivity and reading at the limits of signification. In my installations, I try to make tangible and available to experience the latent qualities embedded in material, architecture and site, even at their most banal. Most recently, I have engaged with ideas of place through multiple senses, exploring the ethical dimension of perceptual sensitivity and pleasure, the blending of the senses, and the formation of a sense of self and locality through perception.
While my work traverses media as diverse as painting /drawing, installation, sound art and performance practices, all of my projects reveal a concern with the intricacy of perception. Starting with simple sensations, I intend to place focus on the moment of embodied perception, extended in to allow for deeper reflection. Events such as marks, sounds and actions become distanced from their context in an act of abstraction them from a referential framework (in sound, Pierre Schaeffer’s concept of the acousmatic). Representation, figuration and narrative emerge as the creation of the viewer-perceiver, and the nature of these structures and forms is made available for reflection.
I see my work as experimental and speculative; I am interested in discovering through making, in setting up novel situations and experiencing the results. The ideas and material concerns within my work arise from my lived experience: fleeting, daily encounters that defy expression and have no measurable instrumental value are extended through a series of cross-disciplinary projects that test materials, technologies and contexts in conjunction with my presence and then the viewer's. Often ephemeral, these projects require my presence, movement, and relationship to the place to set them in motion. The most recent site-specific works arise out of my interest in using my own body and senses as instruments, colliding myself with the materiality of the site, and then sharing the experience.
Current projects include site-specific live audio installations, sound sculpture and architectural interventions temporal and schematic drawing, listening walks, and audio multiples for circulation.