P R E S S R E L E A S E
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
PLASTICITY, A SELECTION OF THE EXHIBITION ADVISORY PANEL OPENS IN FOCUS GALLERY 2
EXHIBITION TO FEATURE THREE-DIMENSIONAL SCULPTURE INSTALLATION
BY JOYCE MARTIN
Fort Worth Community Art Center
Focus Gallery 2
1300 Gendy, Fort Worth, TX 76107
November 6 – December 19, 2009
Reception: Friday, November 6, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
FORT WORTH, TEXAS—
Artist Joyce Martin creates an artificial environment, one that mimics nature with an abundance of brightly colored organic shapes heaped willy-nilly on the floor like cast off plant carcasses, reminiscent of Dr. Seuss storybooks. Playful by design, the exhibit has a serious undertone. Unique abstractions of aquatic life shape this installation that builds and reflects on the problems we are facing in our oceans today. Concerned by reports of increasingly large gyrating islands of plastic waste, Martin challenged her-self to reuse those materials that came her way while continuing to study the issue.
The attributes of Martin’s materials play an essential role in conveying the message of her work.
The sculpture in the exhibition creates an open-ended dialog between the artist and the intrinsic personalities of the chosen materials through both the choice of materials and what is depicted. Martin’s installation uses obsessively collected, crafted and assembled plastic components. There is a strong and unique focus on layering, process, and content. Combining industrial excess with materials not easily recycled and items otherwise destined for the landfill, Martin takes us on an imaginative journey through the gyre.
Plasticity is curated by Advisory Panel member Carol Benson, a respected Fort Worth painter. In conjunction with this exhibition, guest artist Terry Horn, a video and sound artist, displays a video installation of plastic in the local environment.
Joyce Martin lives in Fort Worth, Texas, where she is a professional artist. She received a BFA in printmaking and photography from the University of Texas at Arlington and has participated in numerous professional conferences sponsored by Texas Commission on the Arts and the Texas Association of Museums. Martin served as artist-in-residence at the Arlington Museum of Art for its children’s art initiative in 2002, and then joined the museum staff as the education coordinator from 2003 -2007. Recent solo and two person shows include Softly Bound, a two person show at the Arkansas State University Art Gallery in Jonesboro, Arkansas, and Plastic, a solo show at the Firehouse Gallery in Fort Worth, both in 2008. Shows also include Corpus, a two-person show at Monterey Peninsula College Art Gallery, Monterey, California, as well as Ethereal Vestments at Texas A&M University, a solo show awarded by the MSC Visual Arts Committee in 2007.
For more information contact: Joyce Martin, JoyceatJoyceMartinStudio.com (at used instead of @ to stop spammers)
or Elaine Taylor, Gallery Manager, FWCAC, Elaineatfwcac.org, 817-298-3021