Pairing Similarities: D.W. Martin Now on View at Erie Art Museum

July 21, 2017, Erie, PA- The Erie Art Museum is thrilled to present a new Holstein Gallery exhibition, Pairing Similarities: D.W. Martin. The show will run from June 30, 2017 through October 21, 2017. An artist reception will be held on Friday, July 28 during Gallery Night.

In Pairing Similarities, D.W. Martin presents colorful new works that combine cast bronze, tin, steel, aluminum, paint, patinas, and mixed media. These sculptures couple anatomical parts, especially hands and feet, with chairs and other structural elements. Earlier this year Martin visited the Museum to cast the hand of Director Emeritus John Vanco, which is featured in the exhibit along with a replica of a Pennsylvania plank bottomed chair Vanco lent the artist. The pairings recall the Surrealist's celebration of objective chance, "as beautiful as the chance encounter of a sewing machine and an umbrella on an operating table." These unexpected meetings playfully investigate our relationships with everyday objects and challenge our unconscious perceptions of reality.

In conjunction with the installation in the Holstein Gallery, Martin's large steel fabrications are on view in the wildflower garden and in the inner courtyard of the museum. These colorful structures integrate elements from the built environment, such as electrical pylons and telephone poles, into gestural, anthropomorphic images. Martin shares the sculptor's age-old fascination with the human figure, and its echoes in the mundane, ostensibly non-figural objects that we interact with every day. Martin's curiosity creates something extraordinary from the ordinary world.

David W. Martin was born and raised in Oklahoma. After working as a commercial artist, Martin earned a BFA in printmaking from the University of Oklahoma. In 1987, he was accepted into the MFA Sculpture Program at Virginia Commonwealth University.

A resident of Edinboro, Martin exhibits his outdoor sculptures in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, New York, Michigan, Indiana, and Tennessee. He is affiliated with Flatlanders Gallery in Blissfield, Michigan and the Midwest Sculpture Initiative. Martin teaches sculpture and 3D Foundations at Edinboro University.

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The Erie Art Museum anchors downtown Erie's cultural and economic revitalization, occupying a group of restored mid-19th century commercial buildings tied together by a modern, 'green,' 10,500 square foot expansion.  The new facility was the first LEED Gold certified building in Northwest Pennsylvania.

The Museum maintains an ambitious program of changing exhibitions annually, embracing a wide range of subjects, both historical and contemporary and including folk art, contemporary craft, multi-disciplinary installations, community-based work, as well as traditional media.

The Erie Art Museum also holds a collection of over 8,000 objects, which includes significant works in American ceramics, Tibetan painting, Indian bronzes, contemporary baskets, and a variety of other categories.

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