May 15th to May 29th, 2019

ACRYLIC, GLASS, AND WOOD 

A pop-up exhibition celebrating the work of Christopher H. Martin; Bob Tabor; Orfeo Quagliata; Javier Suarez from TARACEA; and the Suarez brothers from RASTTRO

Manhattan, NY. March 20th, 2019 — Christopher Martin Gallery (New York) is proud to announce Acrylic, Glass and Wood, a pop-up exhibition featuring the work of artists and artisans from the larger North America region.  Although signature in their exploration of form and function, they are linked by deep affection and appreciation of materiality, and mastery within their chosen field of expression. Opening on Wednesday, May 15, this exhibition provocatively questions, and blurs, the lines between art and design, form and function, nature and man-made.

    Christopher H. Martin’s large-scale abstract paintings are painted directly onto the verso of acrylic surfaces. Described as bold and meditative, dynamic and serene, the works of Christopher H. Martin harness the passions and intricate subtleties of nature. Martin’s artwork takes an interpretive view of natural patterns. Through his paintings, Martin seeks to create an organic development of form, depth, and color working together to create a unique expression. Martin established his first studio in Dallas in 1995, where he reached notoriety among corporate and private collectors.  He now makes his home in Aspen, with a serene backdrop of coniferous trees, crisp air, and expansive outdoor space. Nature is as much a part of his daily life, as it is part of his work.

Bob Tabor is a celebrated photographer whose stunning horse images and seascapes are collected and admired worldwide. Bob’s work is a perfect combination of opposites that result in a breathtaking body of images. He juxtaposes the romantic with the practical, and a renaissance eye with a feel for modern graphics. His prints, face mounted on acrylic, are always technically refined yet emotionally intense. His photographs appear in galleries in the US, China, England, the Arab Emirates and Peru. Bob’s images may also be found in Polo Ralph Lauren boutiques on four continents. Bob currently lives and works in Manhattan and East Hampton, New York.

    At once vivid and refined, the glass sculptural work of Orfeo Quagliata balances the form and function of high design with the expressiveness of fine art. A master of his craft, Quagliata pays equal attention to the sublime qualities of his chosen material as to its emotive power. The various techniques he has developed are a testament to the depth of his exploration into the medium and the expansiveness of his creative thinking. It is a career long-fascination of organic shapes, wild color, and provocation regarding the functionality of sculpture in contemporary urban settings. Quagliata lives and works in Mexico City, his home since 2000.

    The live-wood works of Mexican-based company Taracea honor the beauty of the natural world. The richness of their work is a result of their strategic sourcing of wood instead of using intensive forestry methods. Taracea is inspired by nature and is committed to preserving its beauty. Owner and artisan Javier Suarez says, ‘Our work aims to honor the life of a tree and its worthy journey through earth, turning it into an expressive work.’ It seems counterintuitive, but by radically altering something in order to preserve it, Taracea gives the wood new life and new purpose as a functional object. 

    Rasttro is a Mexican-based company run by Pablo and Alejandro Suarez, sons to Javier Suarez of Taracea. The brothers develop handcrafted accessories and decorative products that utilize recovered wood and glass. Where Taracea makes furniture out of trees recovered from hurricanes and tornadoes, Rasttro takes that recycling one step further by making products out of Taracea’s leftover wood. Nora Trulsson, writing for Muze News in 2017, remarked, ‘you could display Rasttro’s wood accessories on your wall as art. They’re big, bold, contemporary sculptures that double as everyday kitchen tools.’ In this exhibition, they will punctuate and interrupt the space; drawing attention to their object-ness, while elevating their design.

    Acrylic, Glass and Wood seeks to cross a threshold between utility and contemplation, meaning and anonymity. Objects of domesticity are celebrated and heightened, subverting how they are traditionally received. Acrylic, Glass, and Wood celebrates man’s interaction with nature, in both spiritual and tangible ways. Informed by Martin’s paintings, this installation of furniture, objects, and paintings offers the viewer a glimpse into a curated life, a sense of wholeness, beauty, and connection to our natural world. 

Acrylic, Glass and Wood will be on display at Christopher H. Martin Gallery at 1015 Madison Avenue from May 15 – May 24.  The Gallery is donating 5% of the sales proceed to Holiday House, an organization that creates designer-centric events and generates proceeds to fight breast cancer. An opening reception will be held on Wednesday, May q5 from 6 - 8 PM. Christopher Martin Gallery (New York) is open seven days a week. Sunday-Monday from 12 AM - 5 PM, Tuesday- Saturday from 10 AM - 6 PM. For more information, please contact the gallery at +1 (646) 478 7624 or newyork@christophermartin.com


About Bob Tabor

Bob Tabor is a celebrated photographer whose stunning horse images and seascapes are collected and admired worldwide. In his fifth book, SPLASH, Bob’s ingenious method captures the spirit of the wave by breaking it into its physical elements.He crops the most energetic section of the surf and, by eliminating the horizon line, deprives the picture of any sense of scale. He heightens chromatic contrasts until these waves dominate the image. The results are undeniable: dynamic three - dimensional explosions seem to surge off the page, and it is hard to believe these waves aren’t moving. Splash will bring the ocean to you. Bob’s work is a perfect combination of opposites that result in a breathtaking body of images. He juxtaposes the romantic with the practical, and a renaissance eye with a feel for modern graphics. His prints, face mounted on acrylic, are always technically refined yet emotionally intense. His photographs appear in galleries in the US, China, England, the Arab Emirates and Peru. Bob’s images may also be found in Polo Ralph Lauren boutiques on four continents. Bob currently lives and works in Manhattan and East Hampton, New York.


About Javier Suarez & TARACEA

About thirty-five years ago Javier Suarez developed his first designs and had his first exposure to the art of furniture making. What began as a hobby soon became a small workshop called Taracea. Javier’s passion for the craft combined with old master ebanist’s artistic technique, has made Taracea internationally known. Taracea constantly explore new technologies and techniques that allow its furniture design to be innovative and pioneering. Suarez explains: "My  first contact with the world of furniture and interiors, I was fortunate to be invited to coordinate the restoration of an extensive collection of antique furniture from the Castle of Chapultepec. Here, I reviewed and learned about furniture construction, finishes and varnishes. I studied most of the woods used and, additionally, I was introduced to the history of classic furniture. Several ideas emerged from all this learning and, especially, a great deal of enthusiasm to start developing my own designs, a dream that, shortly after, came true as a hobby, taking on the challenge to fabricate furniture with the same quality of the master ebanists. As a small workshop that started from zero, we developed our own knowledge, forms and skills for making furniture. Taracea, a company that still to this day is looking to do things differently, was born. The materials we use are different and we always work with unusual woods. For twenty years we have been planting trees and are the proud owners of lands that have been approved by the National Forestry Service in Mexico, contributing in this way to the reforestation of our planet. This gives us the ability to manage the full cycle of the furniture, from the planted tree to the finished product. Our artisans fabricate each piece individually, using an artisan system. We are proud to produce craftsmen, who in many cases become true artists.”


About Pablo and Alejandro Suarez & RASTTRO 

Rasttro is a mexican company that develops handcrafted accessories and decorative products that utilize recovered wood, metal and glass. Meticulously finished by their master craftsmen delivering truly unique and exclusive objects. Made of reclaimed wood, Mexico-based Rasttro products were conceived by two brothers, Pablo and Alejandro Suarez, and their lifelong friend, Alejandro Ades–all in their twenties at the time–in 2014 as a business venture that would be both meaningful and fun.  The brothers, who handle concept, design and production, and Ades, who’s forté is business and marketing, were inspired by the beautiful scraps of wood left over from the making of Taracea furniture, a company run by the Suarez brothers’ father. “Taracea makes furniture out of trees recovered from hurricanes and tornadoes,” explains Ades. “We took that recycling one step further by making products out of their leftover wood.” The form of the Rasttro designs, which also includes bowls, dish racks, cake stands and trays, is dictated by the shape of the original piece of wood.  “No two items are alike,” says Ades.  “Each one shows off the raw material.  Our name, Rasttro, translates to ‘trace’ in Spanish, meaning you can see the trace of the original tree in the product.” The products are made from more than 30 kinds of woods, including Mexican oak, walnut, huanacaxtle and milpa burl. The Rasttro partners have been expanding their oeuvre by adding glass elements to the wood through a collaboration with Mexico City glass artist Orfeo Quagliata, working pieces of his gem-like art glass into cutting boards.


About Orfeo Quagliata (b.1972)

Orfeo Quagliata is an industrial designer and founder of Studio Orfeo Quagliata. He brings more than two decades of experience with glass blending design with a dedication to craftsmanship. Born in San Francisco in 1972, Orfeo Quagliata is the son of acclaimed glass artist Narcissus Quagliata, a leading figure in the 1960s American Studio Glass Movement. Orfeo was attracted to glass from an early age and began working as his father's apprentice at 12. The two continued to work together on various projects over the years including the design and fabrication of a crystal apex dome for the last architectural work of Michelangelo—the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri in Rome. Prior to college, Orfeo apprenticed in Spain under Catalonian glass artist José Fernandez Castrillo, where he learned cold-working techniques that have become a cornerstone in his work today. He later returned to San Francisco to study industrial and furniture design at California College of the Arts (CCA), earning a BFA with high distinction in 1999. Orfeo's eclectic design approach points to early influences drawn from his father's work and also his grandmother, an award-winning jewelry designer in an collective, founded by Gustav Klimt. Orfeo currently lives and works in Mexico City, his home since 2000.



About Christopher H. Martin (b.1969)

American artist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Christopher H. Martin, is an abstract painter renowned for redeveloping the medium of reverse glass painting. In his paintings, Martin uses state-of-the-art techniques in acrylic and canvas media at scales commonly ranging from 2 to 16 ft. wide. Beginning with the foreground and working backward; Martin coaxes layer upon layer of sheer pigment and water directly onto the back of large acrylic panels to mimic the effects of heat, wind, and water. Every layer of paint has a high influence on one another; culminating in around forty to eighty sheer layers that fuse together to create each piece. Depicting abstraction from observations in nature, Martin refers to his style of painting as Organic Expressionism. Martin explains: "My works are a challenge to me on many levels, I seek a balance between organic formation with a painterly construct. If I sense that it is not clear whether my work was formed from heat, air or water or a painted expression then I feel that the piece is a success. To find a natural sense of existence is my intention. Void of overt narrative or implied suggestions I want the atmosphere around my work to vibrate with energy and balance”. With a career, that spans over two decades, Martin has shown in cities like Paris, Basel, Berlin, Miami, New York, Hamptons, Houston, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Notable achievements include a 120 ft. painting commissioned for the Formula One racetrack, Circuit of The Americas in 2012. The work is considered to be the largest painting of its type in the world.  In 2013, Martin’s works were included in the 55th Venice Biennale collateral exhibition, Personal Structures. His paintings can be found in private and corporate collections across the U.S. and in several countries.