STPI proudly presents its collaboration with contemporary painter, Jason Martin on its newest exhibition, Meta Physical. The British artist is known for his monochromatic and three-dimensional paintings when he was trained as a painter in oil and acrylic. Martin’s pieces are often seen with layers of oil or acrylic gel are dragged across hard surfaces such as aluminium, stainless steel or Plexiglas with a fine, comb-like piece of metal or board in one movement, often repeated many times.
His newest exhibition held at STPI features his practice of reinvigorated abstract painting by the processual nature of printmaking and the introduction of new material qualities. Martin’s paintings embodies the possibilities of embossed relief and paper casting which expresses a distinctive vocabulary of expression through a sustain exploration of line and gestures.
In Martin’s series of paper pulp paintings exhibited at STPI, he explores textured images further occupy the space between the pictoriality of painting and the spatiality of sculpture. Why the choice of medium in pulp and paper? Redirecting his enduring spirit of experimentation, particularly in response to the materiality of painting and the painted image’s nature of arrival and emergence has led to Jason Martin: Meta physical.
In conversation with the artist are Greg Hilty (Curatorial Director, Lisson Gallery) and Mark Gisbourne (art historian, critic, curator, and writer), Martin said: “The experimental nature of the workshop afforded me the freedom to explore materials in exciting new ways. The exhibition will hopefully reveal surprises in how materials can be transformative. The works as a whole endeavour to hold some mysteries questioning the nature of their materials and how they have come into being. If my overall studio practice can be understood as developing a pictorial language, my collaboration with STPI takes me on an R&D tour of the grammar inherent to that language.”
His newest series will be featured at STPI and will be open to guests on Friday, 22 March. Interested art-goers may also look forward to join Jason martin for an artist talk held on 23 March, as he discusses his artistic process and body of work developed at STPI.
JM17-25-1Oriental Blue I, 2018, Pigment and Lascaux Structura Natural on paper, 88 x 74 x 2.5 cm
JM17-30-1Pure magenta I, 2018, Pigment and LascauxStructura Natural on paper, 88 x 75 x 2.5 cm
JM17-23-1Running for the hills, 2018, Pulp and texture paste on paper, 167 x 135 x 4 cm
JM17-18-1 Selvagem I, 2018, Pulp and cel-vinyl on paper, 88 x 75 x 6 cm
JM17-16-1Rainmaker, 2018, Pulp, texture paste and colour pigment on paper, 88 x 76 x 10 cm