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martha lewis
updated: 11/18/2009
website: www.marthalewis.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Plan B: Stirring Of Melts Using Rotating And Traveling Magnetic Fields Bis: Swirl Tubes As An Inline Gas-Liquid Separator
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Plan B: Stirring Of Melts Using Rotating And Traveling Magnetic Fields Phase 1: the Plan
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Determination And Quantification Of Strigolactones
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Does The Every Day World Really Obey Quantum Mechanics?
OPERATING CHARACTERISTICS OF AN AGITATOR WITH A DRAUGHT TUBE
Transport Processes And Bubble Driven Flow In The Hallheroult Cell
THE POLOKWANE SMELTER MATTE TAPPING CHANNEL MODEL
mental time travel in food catching corvids
Size-based analysis of food web structure
Some new and interesting applications
 
Portfolio Keywords:  systems, science, technology, diagrammatic, mapping, humor
 
 
Plan B: Stirring Of Melts Using Rotating And Traveling Magnetic Fields Bis: Swirl Tubes As An Inline Gas-Liquid Separator by martha lewis
Plan B: Stirring Of Melts Using Rotating And Traveling Magnetic Fields Bis: Swirl Tubes As An Inline Gas-Liquid Separator
ncil and watercolor on folded paper with cardboard portfolio housing
2009
Dimensions variable
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ncil and watercolor on folded paper with cardboard portfolio housing
2009
Dimensions variable
untitled drawing by martha lewis
untitled drawing
ncil and watercolor on folded paper with cardboard portfolio housing
2009
8 " x  11 " 
untitled drawing by martha lewis
untitled drawing
pencil, color pencil and watercolor on folded paper with cardboard portfolio housing
2009
Dimensions variable
Plan B: Stirring Of Melts Using Rotating And Traveling Magnetic Fields Phase 1: the Plan by martha lewis
Plan B: Stirring Of Melts Using Rotating And Traveling Magnetic Fields Phase 1: the Plan
Watercolor and pencil on paper
2009
72 " x  60 " 
untitled drawing by martha lewis
untitled drawing
Pencil, marker and colored pencil on folded paper
2009
Dimensions variable
Determination And Quantification Of Strigolactones   by martha lewis
Determination And Quantification Of Strigolactones
watercolor and pencil on creased and folded cotton paper
2008
20 " x  15 " 
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untitled
pencil, and colored pencil on folded paper
2009
Dimensions variable
Does The Every Day World Really Obey Quantum Mechanics? by martha lewis
Does The Every Day World Really Obey Quantum Mechanics?
Acrylic Gouache and pencil on folded paper
2008
19 " x  15 " 
OPERATING CHARACTERISTICS OF AN AGITATOR WITH A DRAUGHT TUBE    by martha lewis
OPERATING CHARACTERISTICS OF AN AGITATOR WITH A DRAUGHT TUBE
Watercolor and pencil on arches paper,
2009
20 " x  15 " 
Transport Processes And Bubble Driven Flow In The Hallheroult Cell  by martha lewis
Transport Processes And Bubble Driven Flow In The Hallheroult Cell
Watercolor and pencil on arches paper,
2009
20 " x  15 " 
THE POLOKWANE SMELTER MATTE TAPPING CHANNEL MODEL  by martha lewis
THE POLOKWANE SMELTER MATTE TAPPING CHANNEL MODEL
Watercolor and pencil on arches paper
2009
20 " x  15 " 
mental time travel in food catching corvids by martha lewis
mental time travel in food catching corvids
Watercolor and pencil on cotton paper
2007
33" x  33" 
Size-based analysis of food web structure by martha lewis
Size-based analysis of food web structure
Ink, pencil, colored pencil, and watercolor on cotton paper
2007
33" x  33" 
Some new and interesting applications  by martha lewis
Some new and interesting applications
Watercolor, acrylic and pencil on mulberry paper
2007
40" x  32" 

Artist Statement

My work explores the realm of inventions and inventors, borrowing elements from engineering diagrams, floor plans, patents, maritime charts and other types of informational drawing. These images get combined into sprawling hybrid constructs, using formats derived from religious diagrams such as Mandalas and Tantric drawings. Lately I have become interested in the worlds of micro and macro biology, and of genetic engineering. I have begun to invoke plant and insect forms, structures and surfaces, as my mechanisms mutate into something hovering between the organic and the constructed.

Much of my recent work is multi-disciplinary in nature and combines drawing, installation and site-specific constructions that include the surrounding architecture into the matrix.

 

 At odds with the complex nature of my subject matter, I prefer relatively ordinary materials such as pencils, watercolor and paper, invoking the do-it-yourself mentality of the weekend inventor or crank. The aspect of being a “plan” imbeds the work with a real sense of belonging in the future, and by extension, of altering a past, existing framework.

 

The titles I select on the basis of their seeming obscurity, authoritative tone, and evocative language from lists of academic papers. They function poetically with the imagery, adding a verbal disconnect that enriches the visual life of the work.

 

My practice explores ideas of progress, and humanity’s enduring curiosity about the causal mechanisms which make up the world. It is about our endless desire to alter the existing world locally and globally. Broadly speaking, I am interested in the persistence of human hubris, despite our dubious track record, and inability to foresee the consequences of our actions.

Artist Bio / CV

EDUCATION:

MFA 1993          YALE UNIVERSITY, School of    Art.  Painting

BFA 1987           THE COOPER UNION. Painting


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS:

2009      THE WEEKEND INVENTORS, Artspace, New Haven, CT.

Curated by Liza Statton.

YARN THEORY, PS.122 Gallery, New York, NY.

ENDNOTES, O3 Gallery, Oxford, U.K.

Curated by Diane Jones-Parry & Annabel Ralphs.

DRAWN TO DETAIL, Decordova Museum Lincoln, MA.

Curated by Rachel Rosenfield Lafo.

2008     EXQUISITUDE, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA.

ALLOPOLYPLOIDY, Pegasus Gallery, Middlesex College, CT.

Curated by Matthew Webber. Solo Exhibition.

ROUTES, Parachute Gallery, New Haven, CT.

Curated by Debbie Hesse.

CONNCentric, Artspace New Haven, CT.

Curated by Liza Statton, Melanie Carr and Chris Joy.

2007     Focus: New Haven, Paper/New England, Hartford, CT.

2006     FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH, Hallway Project, PS 122 Gallery, New York, NY.

GO ON, DECEIVE ME, OVADA Gallery, Oxford, U.K.

2005       NEW FOR OLD, OVADA Gallery, Oxford, U.K.

OXFORD 2015: DREAMS, PLANS AND VISIONS, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, U.K.

A FILTER METHOD FOR THE NONLINEAR FEASIBILITY PROBLEM,

Tricycle Gallery, London, U.K. Solo Exhibition.

2004        REALM OF DESIRE WITH BEINGS OF GROSS FORM, OVADA Gallery, Oxford, U.K.

 Solo Exhibition.                                                                                                                                                                                        

2004     THE OXFORD SHOW, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, U.K.

Curated by Andrew Nairne and Miria Swain.

2002   FREEWAYS & ARTERIES, Henley Galleria, Chapman University, Orange, CA.

1999     URGENT MESSAGES, Saddleback College, Mission Viejo CA.

Curated by Karen McGuire. Catalogue. Solo Exhibition.

             MOVING TOWARD THE MILLENNIUM, Barnsdall Art Center, Los Angeles, CA

Curated by Adriano Pederosa.

1997     MARTHA LEWIS: PAINTINGS, The Guggenheim Gallery, Chapman University,

Orange, CA. Curated by Maggi Owens. Solo Exhibition.

1995     Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh, PA.

             Curated by Dan Cameron.

1996          TRANS/INTER/POST: HYBRID VISIONS, Fine Arts Gallery, University Of California,

 Irvine, CA. Curated by Pamela Bailey.

 TEMPORARY COLLECTIONS:

Flatfile, Pierogi 2000 Brooklyn, NY.

Flatfile, Artspace, New Haven, CT.

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS:

CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY, Orange, CA.

NUFFIELD COLLEGE, Oxford, U.K.