Part 1/3 of Masur Museum Curator Ben Hickey's Lecture about Artist Eugene J. Martin





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Published on Sep 22, 2012

http://www.masurmuseum.org. This video clip shows part 1 (of 3) of Curator of Collections and Exhibitions Benjamin Hickey's lecture on September 20, 2012 about the solo exhibit, "Improvisations in Time: Eugene J. Martin and the Masur Museum of Art." Hickey discusses how this exhibition was organized as well as Martin's life and artistic practice. The exhibit of 78 paintings, drawings, collages by Eugene Martin, including 24 works from the permanent Collection at the Masur Museum of Art in Monroe, Louisiana, ran from August 4 through October 20, 2012. Museum Director Evelyn Pell Stewart introduces Ben Hickey. A video clip of the Museum Exhibit is shown here: http://youtu.be/gxMJysGes6g.

Part 2 of this lecture can be viewed at http://youtu.be/2jD8umDq5Wc
Part 3 of this lecture can be viewed at http://youtu.be/Cw4R8cE6znE

Works by E.J. Martin (1938-2005) were created in Washington DC, Chapel Hill NC, and Lafayette LA. Information about Eugene Martin can be found at http://www.eugenemartinart.com.

Summary of Curator's Lecture: "On the surface, Eugene J. Martin's work appears to be an after-the-fact riff on modernism driven abstraction. His work is related to this tradition, but is something more. Martin was an accomplished Jazz musician and incorporated his experience of rhythmic improvisation also associated with High Modernism or Abstract Expressionism as a means of illustrating the irregular, non-linear, but cyclical manner humans perceive, understand, and experience the world around them. He used biomorphic and quasi-mechanical abstractions to create this link with the physical perceived world, but warped them to reference the slipstream nature of consciousness as well. The improvisational language Martin ascribed to any moment or period of time plays back into how he considered his oeuvre. He conceived of it as fluid and let it be guided directly by variables such as access to art making materials dictated by his financial means, a passing interest in any given media or subject matter, and his mood. He would also muddle the chronology of his work by creating new work to add on to old pieces, dismantle a completed artwork and incorporate it into several works, or do the same with photographs of his art. This totally integrated art practice is what makes Martin stand apart from other artists; his improvisations were rigorous and permeated his entire decision making process."

A catalogue of the exhibit can be obtained from http://www.amazon.com/Improvisations-.... Improvisations in Time: Eugene J. Martin and the Masur Museum of Art, by Benjamin Hickey (Improvisations in Time), Suzanne Fredericq (The In-Between in the Art of Eugene Martin) and Marie Vinouze (Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness). Preface by Evelyn Pell Stewart, Masur Museum of Art Press, 76 pp. ISBN-10: 0-615-66502-0.


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