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Published on Apr 17, 2011
http://www.noaam.org/ . This is Part 2 of a 2-Part series. Jonn Hankins, executive Director at the New Orleans African American Museum of Art in Tremé (NOAAM), Marie Vinouze, the curator of the "Dancing String Bean: Eugene Martin" exhibit at NOAAM, April 6-May 28, 2011, and Suzanne Fredericq provide impromptu reflections on Eugene Martin during the opening reception of the exhibit on April 16, 2011. The exhibit highlights 29 works of art, including acrylic works on Belgian linen and canvas, ink and bamboo sticks drawing on paper, pen and ink and graphite pencil drawings on paper created in Washington D.C. and Lafayette LA, and digital annotated photographs by Eugene Martin. Part I can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/nemastoma#p/a/... . This program is supported in part by a Community Arts Grant made possible by the City of New Orleans. The grant is administered through the Arts Council of New Orleans.
Vinouze writes: "The artwork of Eugene J. Martin (1938 -- 2005) reflects a strong modernist tradition in its hybrid combination of figuration and abstract elements. He referred to these works as satirical abstracts. Incorporating whimsical allusion to animals and machines among areas of pure abstraction, he created an introspective body of work infused with gentle humor.
Martin attended the Corcoran School of Art and Design in Washington, D.C from 1960 to 1963. Around that time he abandoned realism for abstraction. He became a professional fine arts painter and turned all his efforts to his artwork, using whatever material he could afford. To Martin, the medium was not important, only the creative act. Considering artistic integrity as his only guide, he did not embrace any particular style of the time nor did he adhere to any art movement.
In the early 1990's, Martin and wife Suzanne Fredericq moved to Chapel Hill, NC, later settling in Lafayette, LA in 1996. This period of stability allowed him to experiment with paint on canvas and other media. In December 2001, Martin suffered a stroke and brain hemorrhage. Nevertheless, he continued to paint until his death in 2005, creating over 5000 works of art during his lifetime." http://www.eugenemartinart.com/ , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugene_J... . Video by S. Fredericq and M. Vinouze; editing: S. Fredericq.
The LSU Museum of Art is concurrently exhibiting the "Beyond Black: Ed Clark, Eugene Martin and John T. Scott" exhibit at the Louisiana State University Museum (http://www.lsumoa.com/ ) in the Shaw Center of the Arts, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, January 29-May 8, 2011.