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Cameron Martin’s paintings engage issues of perception as they relate to imaging of landscape. Rocky terrain and calcified trees are rendered in what appears from a distance to be nearly perfect black and white photo-realism.
At a close range the pictures break down into fragments evocative of digital imaging, yet clearly made by hand, thus provoking questions about singularity, seriality, and the role of the copy in the image world. The work promotes a sense of nonspecific nostalgia, referencing images of the past, but also alluding to the uncertainty of the future.
His work was included in the 2004 Biennial at The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Martin has received numerous awards including the 2010 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, the 2008 Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship, and the 2001 Artists at Giverny Fellowship and Residency in Giverny, France.
His work is included in several museum collections including the Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo; Minneapolis Institute of Art; Saint Louis Art Museum; and The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
Martin was born in Seattle, and lives and works in Brooklyn.