Exhibition details- solo & group

I got back to work yesterday, my solo exhibition dates have been confirmed- May the 5th is the opening- so I need to get the last few paintings finished and then worry about things like mounting, framing, displaying options- oh and a flyer!

It will be held at the NEONCHOCOLATE gallery here in Berlin.

Oh how I’ve missed painting!

I’ve been finishing off my piece for the upcoming “Taboo”: Beinart Surrealist Collective group show ( July 7th – August 11th, 2012 ) at the Last Rites Gallery in New York. The title of my piece is ‘Release’:

 

Fishbone

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The sky is brilliant this evening- it’s dusk and I am in the hospital looking out over this side of Berlin- it’s cold but brighter. The clouds are in two layers; the layer closest to us is a patchwork of fluffy cotton-balls, while the other layer is patterned like a fishbone and wraps this side of the earth as a blanket. The wind is howling, howling
and I am happy – I get to go home tomorrow.

Art & about, new paintings

This week has been a busy one. I seem to fit a lot in but also feel that it’s over before I know it.
Slow down time!

I went to The Cheese Mountain Tragedy last week. I’ve been meaning to visit it for some time but when you’re pushing a pram and sleep deprived these sorts of things seem like epic journeys rather than a casual visits and effortless chit chat. But I managed to casually visit, I managed to chit chat. I met Johan Potma and his lovely little black dog, we
got to look at his studio and he let me take a picture for my blog (Thanks!)

I also got to meet Josh Bauman and talk about graphic novels and printing. If you’re in Berlin you should visit this space it’s a really great set up- these guys are living the dream!!

I finished a couple of paintings but haven’t had time to photograph them except for this one:
 Elena
Oil on canvas
50 x 40cm

I’m very proud of this one especially with the skin texture on her neck and shoulders. Ella- the model- is an amazingly creative woman who I have known since high school. I asked if I could paint her and she sent me some lovely but tiny
reference material.

Friday night was the opening of the group exhibition I was in at Strychnin Gallery, Herzensbrecher. I got to meet Yasha Young (who had a killer pair of heels on) and Paul Bishop from the New English, he and I talked about our children for some time.

There are more photos (including a shot of my mug) on the Strychnin blog: Here

 

Dear Art, I love you

Dear Art,

I love you.

No matter where I have been in my life, there you are. You adapt so easily to whatever this crazy life of mine throws at me; from being in silly relationships, to art school where I felt intellectually inferior. From paper, to canvas and linen. From charcoal to watercolor, ink, cheap and nasty acrylic to sexy expensive I’m-not-going-to-eat-for-a-fortnight oil paints.

From words to drawings to paintings.

I love you with all of my heart, I thank you deeply for having patience
with me; when I get caught up in culture vulture scenes, worrying about trends and fretting about if I will ‘ever make it’.

You cross all boarders and give a voice to those who are voiceless.

You are an all mighty force that will never be stopped.

You’re super fucking cool.

Forever yours,
Lily.

Herzenbrecher at Strychnin Gallery Berlin

It’s been a busy week but I have finished my piece for the Herzenbrecher exhibition at Strychnin Gallery Berlin, my Mum will be here so I am extra excited! Gene made this awesome video of me making the artwork, ‘ave a look:

Charlie and the Apple: Herzenbrecher Exhibition Berlin from Lily Mae Martin on Vimeo.

Each artist in this exhibition was given a heart made by the New English. It looked like this:
I have never used paints for porcelain that has already been glazed so I did a few tests using Marabu porcelain painters and markers. Here is what they looked like:

This is the outcome, he’s titled “Charlie and the Apple”

Opening on the 16th of March 2012, a partial amount of all sales will be given as a donation to “Ein Herz für Kinder”.

A special thank you to my dear friend Mijo for letting me use his music for the video. You can hear more of his tunes here: Mijo Biscan