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Looking Through the Image

Posted On: 18th of July, 2013
Posted In: Out and About

Perth artist Jarrad Martyn presents his first solo show Cream 5 – Looking through the Image this month.

Winner of the Cream Art Award, Martyn's insightful and compelling paintings look at how we are both constantly exposed to, yet increasingly detached from, the constant stream of digital images of global man-made disasters.

The digital age exposes us to an endless stream of imagery ranging from the everyday to the global. Snapshots of man-made disasters are subsumed into our visual lexicon but the ease of accessibility and oversaturation of imagery can distort the original meaning and further detach us from the initial event.

Presented with only a snapshot of what may or may not have occurred in the image in question a palatable relationship to disaster is encouraged. Individual perception, collective memories and histories of events become inconsistent and unclear behind visual filters and layered information.

Within the reinterpretation of these images Martyn emphasise the ambiguity of narrative to suggest that our potential response has already been measured. By contrasting the painting languages of figuration and abstraction I attempt to create spaces that are in a state of atmospheric flux as if caught in an in-between dimension of space and time.

The painterly manipulation of levels, planes, points and fields through distortion and layering, tests our relationship both collective and personal to events and histories. This process of painting the imagery of disasters makes us call is to question what we might consider the truth.


Opens Wednesday 24 July 6:00 - 7:30pm, exhbition runs until 21 August at Emerge Art Space.