Sam Martin: n.e.s.t.s.

Sam Martin continues to explore his interest in using painting as a platform to rearrange given structures. Incorporating found materials such as tulle, gauze, linen, fruit and washing bags, Martin combines various stitching and weaving techniques to reshuffle the natural order and appearance of a painting.

Splicing together repetition, circumstance, and decoration, the picture plane acts as a vessel for glimpses of objects, atmospheres, and writing compositions to enter the work at any given time, creating dense, optically charged, and labour-intensive constructions.

Sam Martin, Untitled, 2022, cotton thread, tulle, gauze, linen, canvas, and synthetic polymer on wood panel, 86.5 × 60cm. Photograph: Andre Piguet. Courtesy the artist and STATION, Melbourne

21 May to 25 June 2022

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