Event Date

January 20, 2009

Mural, sculpture in WNC Carson gallery.

"Impressions of Earth" Art Exhibit Opens

Untitled Mural by Gil Martin, with assistance from studio assistant Ebenezer.
Untitled Mural by Gil Martin, with assistance from "studio assistant" Ebenezer.

Western Nevada College Gallery in Carson City opens the spring semester Tuesday, Jan. 20, with a new show: "Impressions of the Earth," by WNC Fallon Art Professor Gil Martin. An artist's reception will be Wednesday, Feb. 4, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., for students, faculty and the community. The exhibit will continue through Friday, Feb. 20.

To say that the artist has an organic approach may be an understatement. In his words: "The colors I use come directly from the earth. I gather the pigments myself, generally from road-cuts, on my travels throughout the United States. To make paint, I mix the natural pigments with a starch paste made from wheat or corn flour."

Martin will exhibit paintings, sculptures and photographs, including a 7'x 25' untitled mural. In creating his work, he sometimes labors outside on the ground, using an aqueous paint. "I eschew complete control over the medium, letting the paint pool and run across the uneven surfaces of the ground," he said.

"My work is intended to be non-objective. The shapes, surfaces, and linear elements are meant to communicate balance, tension, and resolve, through the visual language of painting. I attempt to put colors in arrangements that accentuate the beauty of the material. Natural processes - the flow of a river, the decomposition of a leaf, the shape and movement of a tumbleweed rolling across the road - inspire me to paint."

Gallery hours are weekdays, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and weekends, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Press Release: January 8, 2009


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Gil Martin at Work Gil Martin at Work 3  
Gil Martin at WorkGil Martin at Work 3  
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