Opening Friday April 6th from 6-8pm | Show runs until May 5
Opening April 6th is ‘Out of Seen,’ a collection of wood sculptures and abstract paintings by Mill Bay artist & craftsman, David Martinello. There is an intrinsic warmth and relationship with wood that has metaphoric and literal roots in our lives, and which Martinello brings to life through his textured mark-making and abstract painting; creating a layered and visceral experience for the viewer. “Learning within thresholds of wonderment, and inspired by the development of techniques to use for creative practice, the basis of my artistic evolution comes from experiences informed of material gazing. Managed by environmental queues and choices, my vocabulary for articulation is inspired by the characteristics of wood, the fluid elements of paint, and the relative complexities of lyrical relations.”
Martinello’s paintings and sculptures were last shown together in 2015, and since then he has been reflecting on the way materials relate to each other within his practice as a visual artist. Encouraging the viewer to engage in an act of ‘looking,’ Out of Seen considers the formation of personal style, as well as the context in which art is shown, and materials explored. “Drawing from impressions found primarily within the attributes of wood and paint, lyrical relations are developed for an impasto-like vocabulary. The resulting process is a textured life that draws together impressions found within chosen materials through the use of craft.”
Recently Martinello also been inspired by observing peers; in the artistic development of his young daughter, as well as the amazing energy & artists that the Ou Gallery has brought to the Cowichan Valley. This inspiration and creative development is revealed not only in Out of Seen but surfaces as part of the recent oneTree (at The Robert Bateman Centre) & Under|Where? group shows, and with greater proliferation of his furniture company, Alternative Woodworks. In addition, this coming summer a prestigious art commission in the Cowichan Valley will be unveiled to the public so we can anticipate exciting things to come for the artist! Learn more about David and his work: http://www.alternativewoodworks.com.