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Tony Martin: Proximity
ISSUE Project Room
Brooklyn, NY
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Tony Martin: Proximity
Tony Martin's sturdy roots in light media go back to his compositions of the 1960's. Arrays of projection equipment were his instruments, the combined imagery filling stages across the country. These shows always joined the spontaneous with the planned, using photographic/ film with free focal plane abstraction, and invented optics. A primary origin of this is his devotion to painting, his work is unique partly because of this.

Thursday November 21st at 8pm, ISSUE Project Room presents three works by Tony Martin concentrating on his signature real-time interactive conditions, including the World Premiere of "Proximity, in three acts". Martin is joined by bass clarinetist Lea Bertucci, trombonist Tom Artin, and Steve Cohn playing winds and percussion. The set-ups employ varied light equipment, live video, and theramin-like and infra-red sensors activated by the performers. The sound and visual environment, and narrative imagery, all take place very much "before our eyes" and rely on viewer's high attention.

Floorlamps (1966)
Light Marks Converse (2004-2013)
Proximity, in three acts (2013, World Premiere)

Tony Martin is one of the founders of new media arts, and has composed innumeral light and sound compositions, beginning in the 1960's. He is known for his unique and ground-breaking incorporation of optical and personally developed projection techniques, with sensor and "feed-back" electronic configurations. All of his installations have featured viewer participation. "Gameroom", " You Me We ", and "Well" first shown at Howard Wise Gallery, focus on the unique character of individuals, and the group dynamics of relating to each other. A primary mark of his work in any medium is the forming of variable places, including altered everyday objects such as doors and mirrors, for people to relate to each other at deeply human levels.

Collaborations with Pauline Oliveros, Morton Subotnick, Ramon Sender, David Tudor, and others have been performed internationally. He helped create the Experiments in Art and Technology pavilion for Expo '70. With a NEA grant he developed Vector Image Generator, used in many of his pieces; and often uses a personal, stand alone computer program Drawing With Light. These shows, and his work as an educator, have influenced a generation of intermedia artists.

His performance and installation roster includes San Francisco Tape Music Center, Fillmore West, Electric Circus, PS1, Bozar in Brussels, The Boiler and Roulette in Brooklyn; many universities  Mills College, Columbia, NYU, Colgate, RPI-Empac, and museums  Whitney, Chicago ICA, Milwaukee Art Center, LACMA, The Everson Museum, and Butler Institute of American Art.

Tony Martin's performance is made possible, in part, with support from the David Bermant Foundation.


ISSUE Project Room (View)
22 Boerum Place
Brooklyn, NY 11201
United States

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