JAMES MARTIN: RIDING THE MOON TRAIN
First Thursday, January 3, 6-8 pm
Exhibition Dates: January 3 – 26, 2019
For our first exhibition of the year we once again turn to the elusive and wildly imaginative James Martin to tell us a story. This January, Foster/White is pleased to present a collection of Martin’s work spanning the nonagenerian’s long career.
One of Seattle’s most beloved and prolific artists, Martin is a natural storyteller drawn to the surprising, the surreal, and the playful. Characters and objects interact in bewildering scenes on muddled brown paper, offering a glimpse into the world of the famously shy artist and inviting viewers to believe in the irrational. In Martin’s work, mermaids ride potatoes and dogs take the stage in King Lear. A man looks out from a bedroom built within the belly of a whale and fish emerge from the wide mouths of tubas. Yet Martin’s humor is touched with poignant gravity. As Gayle Clemans wrote in the Seattle Times, “His art would be depressing if it weren’t so joyfully zany, and it would be goofy if it weren’t slightly melancholic.”
To anyone familiar with James Martin, these pieces illuminate his evolution as an artist. To newcomers, they provide a strange and wondrous introduction to a man whose work and story is integral to the artistic tradition of the Pacific Northwest.
Image Caption: James Martin, Bungalow Clock + Glass Sidewalk, gouache on paper, 18 x 26 inches, $2200