Nat Martin

  • Nat Martin

    David and Pamela Stamped, developer on exposed darkroom paper, 12 x 12 inches, 2016.

    David and Pamela
  • Nat Martin

    Dissolves, Polaroid prints, dimensions variable, 2016.

    Dissolves
  • Nat Martin

    Bouquet, Collaged Polaroid prints, 10 x 3.5 inches, 2015.

    Bouquet
  • Nat Martin

    Inferno, Archival Inkjet Print, 7 x 13 inches, 2017.

    Inferno
  • Nat Martin

    Landscape III, Archival Inkjet Print, 16 x 28.5 inches, 2017.

    Landscape III

Artist Statement

Distortion and transformation are at the heart of my work. I am excited by moments of visual mutation (cinematic dissolves, imperfect replication, technical breakdowns) as well as by the beauty of transience (decaying, melting, fading, breaking).

I avoid the refinement of techniques. Instead, I maintain a permanent sense of play and court the unexpected. I work with various cameras as well as diverse photographic and non- photographic media... and I constantly alter my methods. I make use of (and invent) techniques that are unpredictable and difficult to control. In the end I often seek an image that looks as though it has been both randomly and purposefully acted upon. I want my art to retain the sense of spirited experimentation that I have while making it.

I will often appropriate illustrations, vintage travel photos and other sources that offer simple messages: exoticism, romance, nostalgia, recreation, idealized love... I enjoy complicating these sources and letting them be digested by machinery and techniques... always moving towards a darkly surreal effect.

Many of the techniques I use are aimed at giving a physical presence to two dimensional imagery. I love to work in the spaces between photography and sculpture. Elements such as the curl and tear of paper, the folded photograph and the incorporation of sculptural media can be subtle but powerful to me.

Most recently, I have been creating sculptural works to use as photographic subject matter. I build with unstable materials... I pour, damage, pile, shift. Then, I record the ephemeral with my camera as the spaces collapse and crack in ways that I cannot control. These works have allowed me to step further into sculpture… and to continue to explore the ways in which I can find bridges between sculpture and photography.

Artist Bio

Nat Martin is an artist whose work explores the spaces between photography and sculpture. He often sculpts and constructs his photographic subject matter, and he also experiments with ways in which he can give a physical presence to 2-dimensional imagery. Martin has been exhibiting art for 15 years and his work has appeared in many shows throughout New England. He has been an associate member of the Kingston Gallery since 2015. Martin received his B.A. from Skidmore College as an art history major, and earned his M.A. in Art History from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Nat Martin has taught art history, darkroom photography and digital photography since 2000 and lives outside of Boston with his very creative wife and two kids.

Exhibitions

TEN Kingston Associates: heated, August 2-27, 2017
Ten Kingston Associates: Our Voices, August 3-28, 2016
Free Association 2015: Kingston Associates' Annual Exhibition, August 5-30, 2015

Contact

natmartin.org