Leigh Martin

b.1964

Untitled

  • Purchased 2015
  • Pigmented resin on wood
  • 2300 x 2100mm
  • 2015/001
  • 2009

For the exhibition Yellow Moon: He Marama Kōwhai (28 October 2017 – 28 October 2018) this work was displayed with the following label:

How does it make you feel, this much yellow? Auckland-based Leigh Martin invites us into something big and simple – to feel and experience this colour strongly, up close, glowing, without distraction. Although minimalist it is not empty or silent, and feels generous; a vast surface loaded with carefully poured and layered colour.

earlier labels about this work
  • Unseen: The Changing Collection 18 December 2015 – 19 June 2016

    The paint in Leigh Martin’s latest works is applied not with a brush or palette knife, but via the slow and mysterious shifts of gravity. Poured onto a prepared board, which is rocked to disperse colour across the surface, the paint’s viscosity becomes as significant as its colour. As this process is repeated, the resulting residues offer a sense of depth, while a final layer of ‘interference paint’ allows the surface to oscillate as we move around it. It is, as Martin has said, “[t]here, and simultaneously not there. Mute. Silenced.”