Below the surface of Shantell Martin’s signature black and white drawings is an artists’ inquiry into the role of artist and viewer, where a work of art is more than an object of admiration disconnected from its inception. With a meditative process defined by an uninhibited flow, her compositions embody her internal state and the impermanence of the world around her. Exploring themes such as intersectionality, identity and play, Martin is a cultural facilitator, forging new connections between fine art, education, design, philosophy and technology.
In addition to prestigious solo shows at some of the most renown art institutions including the 92Y Gallery in New York City, the iconic Albright Knox Gallery and the MoCADA Museum, Martin has carved a path for herself that is as much intellectual as a producer and visual artist. During her two year tenure as an MIT Media Lab Visiting Scholar, Martin collaborated with the social computing group to use drawing as a medium to explore the interaction of social processes with physical spaces.
At the Brown Institute for Media Innovation, Martin created a large scale wall installation and worked with the Institute’s research group to explore how visual and computerized storytelling might influence media and technology innovation.
A fashion and design icon in her own right, Martin has collaborated with iconic brands such as Nike, Vitra, Max Mara, Tiffany & Co., and in 2018, Puma launched a global capsule collection featuring her drawings. Martin has collaborated with legendary artists such as Pulitzer Prize winning performance artist Kendrick Lamar and acclaimed designer Kelly Wearstler. In late 2018, she was asked to collaborate with the prestigious New York City Ballet, where she created large scale drawings in the performance hall and foyer of the Lincoln Center for the company’s celebrated Art Series. She continues to teach as an adjunct professor at NYU Tisch ITP (Interactive Telecommunications Program), where she works with her students to push the boundaries of storytelling, visual art and technology.
The relationship between an artist and collector should be just that... a relationship. If you are interested in purchasing original artworks, Shantell would like to get to know YOU a little better through a series of questions that will ensure the work she creates goes to great people that will love and value it.
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Shantell Martin is proud to announce her upcoming solo exhibition WAVES at Band of Vices in Los Angeles, California. ( Jan 25 - Feb 22, 2020) .
"So many things affect our ability to connect with who we are, but at any given moment, one does have the ability to come back to one's self. It sounds almost superbly simple, and sometimes it is, and sometimes it is isn't. But I've also learned that Time has a fundamental role to play in the act of becoming itself. So I do see the waves of time as being something to acknowledge and value. To be patient. To ride and then rest... and in this surrender understanding how it serves not just yourself or your work as an artist but the world around you." - Shantell Martin.
Inspired by the ever changing relationship with one's own identity, Shantell's inquisitive, bold, and playful work is saturated with both personal and universal meaning and thoughtfully featured in WAVES.
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