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Martin R Bland
Brooklyn, NY

ARTIST STATEMENT: While not really being a fan of where it has taken us, Frank Stella has posited an idea of intense interest to me. What would happen should painters reintroduce the third dimension into painting, while not making sculpture or some sort of hybrid instead? It would necessarily entail going back, looking at the old and placing it at the service of the new. Ideas of perspective geometry solidified the way in which human beings view the world. This can certainly be done again with the effort to create new visions, not of invented or imagined worlds but actual ones. My work explores what this might look like, a formalism which rejects the stringent conditions of flatness in favor of a robust illusionism, and complexity in arrangement of form and color on the formal plane not the photographic one. Recently my work has entered a period of meditation upon Neo-Platonism, its influence cross culturally via Sufism and specifically the opposition between pure thought, in this case geometry, the natural world and its representation on the formal plane. My hope through this meditation is to locate a midpoint that I might personally hold that brings these concepts and image making systems into balance. A balance which not only emphasizes their similarities but re-establishes a link between pure thought and the concept that what is outside of 'I' is also 'I. My hope is that this will eliminate the concepts of nearness and farness and assist in my personal grappling with the concept of unity of being. Physically this work has thus far taken the form of painting and drawing. My aim is to convey this to the viewer in a way my use of words cannot.

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Martin Bland
Born, Reading, England

Lives in Brooklyn, New York


2002 MFA, Painting, Hunter College, NY, NY

1998 BFA, Painting/Printmaking, University of North

Carolina at Greensboro

Selected One Person Exhibitions

2002 IBTABA, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Hunter College, NY,

2000 Polysemia, Artspace, Raleigh, NC

Selected Group Exhibitions

2010 Hot Harvest Gowanus Studio Space, Brooklyn NY

Paradiso Contrapasso, Observatory, Brooklyn NY

Replanting the Garden Big Car Gallery Il.

Chasing The Syncretic Tradition (performance)

Observatory, Brooklyn NY

2009 Rema Hort Mann Foundation Benefit exhibition

Viking Mountain Funeral: Celestial Suitcase

Brooklyn NY

Future Days,Can Alternative Space,Union Sq.,NY

2008 Postcards from the Edge, Metro Pictures, NY,

Night of 1,000 Drawings, Artists Space, New York, NY

Nurture Art Benefit, James Cohan Gallery, New York

2007 Open Book, Sara Meltzer Gallery, NY

Art Mart, P.E.P. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Postcards from the Edge, Lehmann Maupin, NY

Night of 1,000 Drawings, Artists Space, New York, NY

2006 Postcards from the Edge, James Cohan Gallery,

Night of 1,000 Drawings, Artists Space, New York, NY

2005 Works on Paper, The Tank, New York, NY,

Skull Turner, Year Project Space, Brooklyn,

2004 Night of 1,000 Drawings, Artists Space, New York,

Postcards from the Edge, Sperone Westwater, NY

2003 Recession 2003, Curated by Tim Thyzel, Cynthia

Broan Gallery, NY

Douglas Dibble Memorial Art Auction, Hunter College, NY

2002 Circumnavigating a Sea of Shit, Cynthia Broan

Gallery, NY (with Nate Lowman and Dan Walsh)

1999 Constant / Change, Green Hill Center for

Contemporary Art, Greensboro, NC

1998 Southeastern Spectrum, Associated Artists Gallery

Winston-Salem, NC, (Juror, Stephen Bennett Phillips)

Selected Bibliography

Isopsephy, 2009

Useful: a user's guide to understanding generative

number in form, 2009,

Published by Pataphysical Longing Productions

Maharam Drawings, 2008, Published by Pataphysical

Longing Productions

Hypocrite Book, 2007, Published by Pataphysical Longing


Works, 2007, Published by Pataphysical Longing


Kim Levin, “Voice Choices”, Village Voice, January 1,


Tom Patterson, “Fresh Voices Join the Chorus”, Winston-

Salem Journal, May 23, 1999

Dichotomy Magazine, issue 1, 2001

Dichotomy Magazine, issue 2, 2002


2009 Course study with Keith Critchlow at the Alhambra,

Granada Spain

1999 Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

1999 Gordion, Turkey


Judith Auchincloss, The Barnes and Noble Collection,

Senator and Mrs. John Edwards, Tsao and

Mckown Architects, and various private collections


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