Martin’s students draw inspiration from motorcycle

February 20th, 2015 Comments Off on Martin’s students draw inspiration from motorcycle

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Students in Assistant Professor Gregory Martin’s drawing classes are currently perfecting their drawing skills with the help of a motorcycle.

(via Martin:)

“The motorcycle as a subject for drawing classes started when I taught at USC in Los Angeles. Parking was difficult, and I would park my 1969 BMW motorcycle in the ground floor drawing room. Comparing it to the still life I was setting up, it was a far more interesting object and collection of shapes. The students enjoyed drawing from it, and I found that it was challenging in a very useful way. It had a degree of detail and complication that requires simplifying forms down to basic shapes and using sighting techniques.

When an artist sticks out their thumb or a director makes a frame with their fingers, they are using sighting techniques. Utilizing the length of their pencils, students learn to analyze proportional relationships in the subject they are studying and then apply those same proportions in the drawing they are making of the subject. They also employ the pencil as a straight edge and use it for plumb and level lines to get a sense of alignment between the various elements that compose the subject.

The students are asked to draw the motorcycle as large as possible on an 18″ x 24″ sheet of drawing paper but without going outside of the edges of the paper. The only way they are able to do this is to simplify shapes into major forms, use sighting techniques to get the proportions they see to be the same in their drawings, and map out a framework of the entire subject before refining into a detailed drawing using more specific contour lines. If they give in to the impulse to concentrate on details too soon, they will surely fail and make a drawing either too small or too large for the page and of a subject with distorted proportions. Those who follow the process with patience and determination are able to draw a complex subject in proportion and at the desired size with a level of detail they had not previously realized they could accomplish.”

Drawing I class has fun with masks

November 13th, 2014 Comments Off on Drawing I class has fun with masks

photo by Assistant Professor Gregory Martin

photo by Assistant Professor Gregory Martin

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photo by Megan Bean | MSU Office of Public Affairs

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photo by Megan Bean | MSU Office of Public Affairs

Assistant Professor Gregory Martin’s Drawing I classes recently worked on portrait drawings – profile, front and 3/4 view.

For an assignment, they were asked to copy a self portrait by a famous artist.

Martin also gave students the option of incorporating their copy of a famous artist’s self portrait into a mask, and since the projects were around Halloween, most students took part in the fun.

Assistant Professor has paintings featured in annual publication

April 17th, 2014 Comments Off on Assistant Professor has paintings featured in annual publication

Department of Art Assistant Professor Gregory Martin’s paintings “Spirit” and “Goodyear” will be published in Manifest’s International Painting Annual 4 coming out in fall of 2014.

MIPA4 is a competitive annual publication of works of contemporary painting and writing about painting.

The goal of INPA is to support recognition, documentation and publication of excellent, current and relevant works of contemporary painting from around the world.

Gregory Martin selected to exhibit in South Carolina

April 15th, 2014 Comments Off on Gregory Martin selected to exhibit in South Carolina

"Spiral" | Gregory Martin

“Spiral” | Gregory Martin

Assistant Professor Gregory Martin has been selected and invited to exhibit his work in ArtFields in Lake City, S.C., from April 25 – May 4.

His painting “Spiral” will be part of the 10 day art competition with $100,000 in cash prizes awarded to participating artists.

ArtFields is the largest competition of its kind. Winners are determined by votes from ArtFields attendees and a juried panel of 10 visual arts professionals.

Department of Art’s Gregory Martin featured in Masur Musem exhibit

April 10th, 2014 Comments Off on Department of Art’s Gregory Martin featured in Masur Musem exhibit

"Out on Highway 182" | Gregory Martin

“Out on Highway 182” | Gregory Martin

Assistant Professor Gregory Martin’s painting “Out on Highway 182” is currently on display at the Masur Museum of Art in Monroe, La., as part of their 51st Annual Juried Competition.

Work was selected by Kelly Schindler, associate curator at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (CAM).

Assistant Professor featured in Tennessee juried exhibit

April 10th, 2014 Comments Off on Assistant Professor featured in Tennessee juried exhibit

"Vida Quo Nex" | Gregory Martin

“Vida Quo Nex” | Gregory Martin

Assistant Professor Gregory Martin’s painting “Vida Quo Nex” was recently featured in the 29th annual POSITIVE NEGATIVE National Juried Exhibition at the Slocumb Galleries at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tenn.

Work for the exhibition was selected by juror Buzz Spector, dean of College and Graduate School of Art, Washington University, Saint Louis, Mo.

MSU CAAD Faculty Art Exhibit open now through March 29

February 4th, 2014 Comments Off on MSU CAAD Faculty Art Exhibit open now through March 29

(photo by Lori Neuenfeldt)

(photo by Lori Neuenfeldt)

By: Lori Neuenfeldt

Opening today in the Visual Arts Center (VAC) Gallery is a show of works created by faculty from the MSU College of Architecture, Art and Design.

Visitors to the gallery will see the diverse styles of the artists that include samples of painting, sculpture, photography, furniture design, graphic design, fiber art and printmaking. The works range from representational images depicting figures and portraits to explorations of abstract forms, colors, text and shapes.

Many students in the Department of Art look forward to the faculty exhibit, which typically occurs every other year, as it allows them to see the work and research of their professors.

The 19 faculty and staff artists represented are Chad Anderson, Peter Bain, Alex Bostic, Adrienne Callander, Neil Callendar, Brent Funderburk, Marita Gootee, Rowan Haug, Jeffery Haupt, Jude Landry, Dominic Lippillo, Robert Long, Gregory Martin, Tim McCourt, Soon Ee Ngoh, Jamie Mixon, Linda Sekinger, Jake Weigel and Jim West.

Many of the pieces in the show have won awards or have been part of juried exhibitions. For example, Jamie Mixon’s concert poster for Pink created for the Verizon Arena won an Award of Excellence from the professional creative journal Communication Arts; Jude Landry’s design of The United States of America for a T-shirt print also received recognition from Communication Arts and is represented in the gallery show as a wood cut; Marita Gootee’s “DollarTree Rex,” a cyanotype photogram of a toy purchased from a DollarTree store, recently exhibited at Lightbox Photographic Gallery in Astoria, Ore.

There will be a reception for the show at the VAC Gallery on Thurs., Feb. 20 from 5 –7 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.

The Visual Arts Center Gallery is located at 808 University Drive. Hours of operation: Tuesday–Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., and Saturday 2 – 4p.m. For more information please call 662-325-2970.

Read the story on MSU’s website.

Department of Art professor exhibiting at Louisiana Tech

October 9th, 2013 Comments Off on Department of Art professor exhibiting at Louisiana Tech

State Flag | oil on canvas | 72" x 96" | 2013 | Gregory Martin

State Flag | oil on canvas | 72″ x 96″ | 2013 | Gregory Martin

Gregory Martin, assistant professor in the Department of Art, has an exhibition of paintings on display at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, La.

The exhibit, “Visions of Growth and Decay,” will run through October 22.

Martin will deliver an artist’s talk on his work at Louisiana Tech on Tues., Oct. 22 at 5 p.m.

The assistant professor was asked to put on this solo show in the Art Gallery at Louisiana Tech after being awarded the “Best in Show” award in the university’s national juried exhibition, “Louisiana Purchase,” earlier in 2013. The juror who selected his painting, “Spiral,” as best in show is Dr. Paul Manoguerra, chief curator and curator of American art at the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga, and author of One Hundred American Paintings, published in 2010.
Two of Martin’s paintings were also exhibited in a group exhibition at Red Pipe Gallery on Chung King Road in the Chinatown neighborhood of Los Angeles, Calif., in August. HIs work was selected for the exhibition by Mat Gleason, publisher of Coagula Arts Journal, owner of Coagula Curatorial and noted arts writer and commentator. Both paintings were sold to Los Angeles area art collectors.

Art faculty present summer exhibit

May 15th, 2013 Comments Off on Art faculty present summer exhibit

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The Department of Art faculty have an exhibit open through June in the Cullis Wade Depot Gallery: It’s What I Do.

Read more on MSU’s website.

Art professor Martin part of Nashville exhibition

February 25th, 2013 Comments Off on Art professor Martin part of Nashville exhibition

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Gregory Martin, assistant professor in the Department of Art, has several paintings in the exhibition, Still Lifes, Landscapes, and Posers, that runs from February 23 – March 9 at Threesquared Gallery in Nashville, Tenn.

In Still Lifes, Landscapes, and Posers, artist and guest curator Mary Addison Hackett brings together six painters from across the country whose use of deceptively simple subject matter reveals itself to be more complex than it first appears. Her relationship to each of these painters is based on a dialogue of shared sensibilities and a respect for the process of painting and depth that each artist brings to the table.

The exhibition features the work of Cole Case (Los Angeles, Calif.), Mary Addison Hackett (Nashville, Tenn.), Carla Knopp (Indianapolis, Ind.), Steven LaRose (Talent, Ore.), Nomi Lubin (New Haven, Conn.) and Gregory Martin (Starkville).

Martin is a California native whose work explores the relationship between human ideals and practice. Citing growth and decay, the illusion of depth and flatness, the “truth” of photography along with the “fiction” of painting, Martin’s landscapes become contemplative spaces in which to experience dualities and polarities within human nature, the natural world and the practice of painting.
Martin studied visual art at CSU Long Beach and Claremont Graduate University where he received his MFA in Painting in 2002. Solo and group exhibitions include the Museum of Art & History, (Lancaster, Calif.); Electric Lodge, (Venice, Calif.); George Billis Gallery, (Culver City, Calif.); Ruth Bachofner Gallery, (Santa Monica, Calif.), and most recently, McComas Gallery at Mississippi State University, where he is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Art.

Located in the historic Chestnut Square Building, threesquared is a contemporary art space dedicated to showcasing work that exemplifies conceptual and aesthetic expertise. The aim is to create a forum for discussion and foster a greater sense of artistic community in Nashville. threesquared was founded by Dane Carder, whose studio space currently houses the gallery. Sara Estes is the gallery director and curator. Aside from opening parties, the gallery is open by appointment. For more information, visit threesquaredgallery.com.

Read the online post about the exhibit by Laura Hutson with Nashville Scene.  (A more extensive post was published in the print edition.)

Check out the video about the exhibit!

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