Lisson Gallery

Jason Martin: Day Paintings

21 April – 22 May 2004

Jason Martin: Day Paintings

“But what of the painting that resists being read? A move towards abstraction moves whatever we might wish to read as thematised wholly outside of the surface, so that the reading might be said to grow ectopically, almost independently of its source. It grows away from the material that engendered it.”
- Excerpt from Jason Martin by Andrew Renton

Lisson Gallery is pleased to announce a fourth solo exhibition of new paintings by Jason Martin.

In this show, Martin’s method of painting remains consistent, described by critic Nick Hackworth as “a single balletic mark-making movement, a visible trace of physical movement through space.” Drawing from Abstract Expressionism and Minimalism, Martin’s works stand somewhere between painting and sculpture. Using layers of oil or acrylic gel on hard reflective stainless steel, aluminium or Perspex, he fashions comb-like pieces of metal or board to move the paint across the surface in one movement, often repeating it again and again until the perfect balance of paint, translucence and striation is achieved. Like Pollock or De Kooning, there is emphasis on the physical action of painting; the propulsion of the artist through his work is palpable. By working in monochrome, Martin is able to particularly deepen his focus on light, form and space.

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