The McLoughlin Gallery is proud to announce that Dallas based abstract painter Christopher H. Martin and Bay
Area sculptor David Middlebrook have been selected to participate in Personal Structures, Time, Space & Existence
group exhibition in association with the 55th Venice Biennale, from June 1 to November 24, 2013.
Christopher Martin’s powerful large-scale bold abstractions reach far into time and space, and question the very
nature of existence with their wide sweeping arcs and intricate lattices. They are brave in size and statement, while
remaining sensuous and detailed in their execution. Martin carves these abstract elements to create balance and
harmony amid the chaos of color and light. Some images take on linear compositions where lustrous panels of color
are layered over each other, while other images place their emphasis more on the curving graphic potential of twists
and spirals. A self-taught artist, Martin uses nature’s color palette as his guide as he constructs his compositions.
"This once in a lifetime opportunity is still a little unreal to me. Lately my work has evolved to larger scale
pieces. Personal Structures will enable me to further expand the scope of my work, literally and figuratively; sharing
my inspiring relationship with nature with the rest of the world in Venice during the Biennale,” states Martin."
In keeping with concepts of time and space, the physical and the metaphysical are clearly juxtaposed in David
Middlebrook’s work. “When I am not in my studio creating art then I’m transcribing the concepts that are
formulated as I sit and think. My aim is to make thought visible”, explains Middlebrook. Nationally established and
internationally known, Middlebrook’s career began as a ceramist during the Bay Area Funk Movement. His work
seems to defy gravity, challenging the realities of the world around us and preconceived notions of physics resulting
in numerous museum exhibitions and acquisitions into permanent collections including SFMOMA, Oakland
Museum of California, San Jose Museum of Art, High Museum, Houston Fine Art Museum, and National
Contemporary Gallery (Australia). His sculptures possess a visual playfulness that is balanced by the artist’s political
critique as he examines current economic and environmental issues. These narratives are born from the
preservation and stewardship of our planet, emphasizing and celebrating of all that is precious in this world as he
pays tribute to Duchamp, Brancusi and Magritte.
“To be selected to showcase the extraordinary talent and thought provoking, provocative nature of both these
artists, places the Bay Area and indeed the West Coast, firmly on the map of the contemporary art world,” explains
Joan McLoughlin, Gallerist, The McLoughlin Gallery.
ABOUT PERSONAL STRUCTURES
During the next 55th International Art Exhibition Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia 2013, organized at Palazzo
Bembo, the "PERSONAL STRUCTURES” exhibition brings together an extraordinary combination of established
artists next to artists whose oeuvre is less known. What they have in common is a dedication to the concepts Time -
Space and Existence. The exhibition is curated and organized by the Global Art Affairs Foundation. Each artist in
the exhibition presents recent artworks, either site- specific, especially made for this exhibition, or coming directly
from the artist's studio. Several rooms in Palazzo Bembo are dedicated to one single artist and some rooms are
presenting 2 or 3 artists. Their strong statements give each of the rooms a very specific atmosphere. The exhibition
features a broad variety of artistic media, such as: videos, sculptures, paintings, photos, installations with light,
wallpaper and performance.
Since the participating artists originate from diverse cultures and are of very different age, Time - Space and
Existence are highlighted from unusual points of view. PERSONAL STRUCTURES therefore stimulates a more
conscious relation from the spectator towards his daily surrounding and aims to increase the awareness of their own
personal Existence as human beings within a specific Space and Time.
The exhibition PERSONAL STRUCTURES is part of an international art project. It was initiated in 2002 by the
Dutch artist Rene Rietmeyer, who noticed that even in the most distant corners of the world, there are artists
working with Time - Space and Existence, thereby expressing themselves in a very personal way. This observation
led to the idea of bringing several of these artists together in publications, exhibitions and symposia.