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Martin Bland
updated: 10/18/2012
website: www.martinbland.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
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maharam Tantarum
maharam Picture
Provisionally Entitled Untitled Ei
Farthenmarther
Secret of Light
Untitled
Isopsephy1
Isopsephy 2
Isopsephy 3
Schvaulinga
Isopsephy 11
Isopsephy 13
Study for Peripateia
Isopsephy 6
Isopsephy 14
 
Portfolio Keywords:  geometric, landscape, abstract, biomorphic, dreams, figurative
 
 
maharam Tantarum by Martin Bland
maharam Tantarum
grahite and acrylic paint on paper
2008
38" x  50" 
maharam Picture by Martin Bland
maharam Picture
acrylic paint and ink on paper
2007
25" x  19" 
Provisionally Entitled Untitled Ei by Martin Bland
Provisionally Entitled Untitled Ei
gouache and graphite on paper
2012
18 " x  20 " 
Farthenmarther by Martin Bland
Farthenmarther
graphite on paper
2007
40" x  30" 
Secret of Light by Martin Bland
Secret of Light
graphite on paper
2008
40 " x  30" 
Untitled by Martin Bland
Untitled
graphite on paper
2012
16 " x  12 " 
Isopsephy1 by Martin Bland
Isopsephy1
graphite on paper
2007
30" x  22" 
Isopsephy 2 by Martin Bland
Isopsephy 2
graphite on paper
2008
30" x  22" 
Isopsephy 3 by Martin Bland
Isopsephy 3
graphite on paper
2008
30" x  22" 
Schvaulinga by Martin Bland
Schvaulinga
graphite on paper
2008
10" x  13" 
Isopsephy 11 by Martin Bland
Isopsephy 11
graphite and conte crayon on paper
2008
16" x  19" 
Isopsephy 13 by Martin Bland
Isopsephy 13
graphite and conte crayon on paper
2008
5.5" x  9" 
Study for Peripateia by Martin Bland
Study for Peripateia
graphite and Conte crayon on paper
2008
13 " x  18 " 
Isopsephy 6 by Martin Bland
Isopsephy 6
graphite on paper
2008
13" x  9" 
Isopsephy 14 by Martin Bland
Isopsephy 14
graphite and conte crayon on paper
2008
12" x  16" 

Artist Statement

  While not really being a fan of where it has taken us, Frank Stella has posited an idea of intense interest to me. What would happen should painters reintroduce the third dimension into painting, while not making sculpture or some sort of hybrid instead? It would necessarily entail going back, looking at the old and placing it at the service of the new. Ideas of perspective geometry solidified the way in which human beings view the world. This can certainly be done again with the effort to create new visions, not of invented or imagined worlds but actual ones. My work explores what this might look like, a formalism which rejects the stringent conditions of flatness in favor of a robust illusionism, and complexity in arrangement of form and color on the formal plane not the photographic one.

 Recently my work has entered a period of meditation upon Neo-Platonism, its influence cross culturally via Sufism and specifically the opposition between pure thought, in this case geometry, the natural world and its representation on the formal plane. My hope through this meditation is to locate a midpoint that I might personally hold that brings these concepts and image making systems into balance. A balance which not only emphasizes their similarities but re-establishes a link between pure thought and the concept that what is outside of 'I' is also 'I. My hope is that this will eliminate the concepts of nearness and farness and assist in my personal  grappling with the concept of unity of being. Physically this work has thus far taken the form of painting and drawing. My aim is to convey this to the viewer in a way my use of words cannot. 

 

Artist Bio / CV
Martin Bland

Born, Reading England

Lives Brooklyn ,NY

Education

2002 Hunter College, NY, NY, MFA, painting

1998 University of North Carolina at Greensboro

BFA, painting and printmaking

Selected One Person Exhibitions

2002 IBTABA, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Hunter

College, NY, NY

2000 Polysemia, Artspace, Raleigh, North Carolina

Selected Group Exhibitions

2007 Open Book, Sara Meltzer Gallery,

Art Mart, P.E.P.Gallery, Brooklyn NY,

Postcards From the Edge, Lehman Maupin Gallery,

Night of 1000 Drawings, Artists Space.

2006 Postcards From the Edge, James Cohan Gallery,

Night of 1000 Drawings, Artists Space

2005 Works on Paper, The Tank, NY, NY,

Skull Turner, Year Project Space, Brooklyn NY

2004 Night of 1000 Drawings, Artist’s Space, NY, NY

Postcards From the Edge, Sperone Westwater. NY,

2003 Recession 2003, Curated by Tim Thyzel,

Cynthia Broan Gallery, New York, NY

Douglas Dibble Memorial Art Auction, Hunter College

Night of 1000 Drawings, Postcards from the Edge

2002 Circumnavigating a Sea of Shit, Cynthia Broan

Gallery with Nate Lowman and Dan McCarthy

Night of 100 Drawings, Postcards from the Edge

1999 Constant / Change, Green Hill Center for

Contemporary Art Greensboro North Carolina

1998 South Eastern Spectrum, Associated Artists Gallery,

Winston Salem North Carolina, ( Juror, Stephen

Bennett Phillips)

Selected Bibliography

Martin Bland, The Seven Fold Unfolding and Other Stories, 2008, P.L.P

Martin Bland, maharam Drawings, 2008, Pataphysical Longing Productions

Martin Bland, Hypocrite Book, 2007, Pataphysical Longing Productions

Martin Bland, Works, 2007, Pataphysical Longing Productions

Kim Levin, Voice Choices, Village Voice, 01.01.03

Tom Patterson, Fresh Voices Join the Chorus, Winston Salem Journal, 05.23.99

Dichotomy Magazine, issue 1, 2001

Dichotomy Magazine, issue 2, 2002

Residencies

1999 Vermont Studio Center, Johnson Vermont

1999 Gordion, Turkey

Collections

Tsao and Mckowan Architects, Judith Auchincloss, Senator and Mrs. John Edwards, The Barnes and Noble Collection, Various Private Collections