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Robin Martindale: On and Off the Wall

August 3 – September 7, 2024
Owen Gallery

August 1, 2024
5 PM – 7 PM
Owen Gallery

As I see it, art-making is a meditative process. When I work, I learn who I am. Visual
art is a way of communicating that is as visceral as music but much more
subtle, particularly when it is non-representational or abstracted. We absorb
things visually and take joy in that vision without taking the time to name it.

The original idea for the exhibition was to propose a show at the old Toe River Arts Council space in Burnsville, NC. The work would include small clay sculptural pieces that would hang on the wall in a group and abstract acrylic paintings.

When the show was moved to the old library space in Burnsville, I began to build larger sculptural pieces that use recycled materials, such as plastic containers, shells, and scrap steel. Since the space is much larger than the original space I intended to use some of my larger sculptural pieces to fill in the space.

offer these images to you and hope that they reveal a story to you that is
unique to you and that their ambiguity reveals our common humanity and that we
can feel the comfort of our similarities in them.

Ocean Realities
Recycled plastic and steel, shells, wood and paint

Eight Rice Bowl Paintings
Recycled plastic bowls, alcohol inks, canvas

Clay Folds
Clay and glaze

Surface Floating
Acrylic paint on paper

Recycled plastic, steel, wood and paint