‘Interim’ at SHY RABBIT features work by Shaun Martin

“Interim” continues at SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts through Saturday, March 7, featuring a wide selection of finely crafted work by nine SHY RABBIT emerging, established, or nationally-recognized gallery artists.

Featured artists are: Randy Au, California; D. Michael Coffee, Colorado; Patrick Shia Crabb, California; Ron Fundingsland, Colorado; Karl Isberg, Colorado; Shaun Martin, Colorado; Al Olson, Colorado; Jeff Pender, North Carolina; and Brad Schwieger, Ohio.

This remarkable group exhibition includes high quality sculptural and functional ceramics, fine aquatint etchings, beautifully hued abstract paintings, sophisticated black and white silver prints, creative mixed media works, and elegant monoprints.

SHY RABBIT gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by appointment.

“Interim” features six compelling mixed media pieces by Pagosa artist, Shaun Martin. The display includes three pieces from his very popular “Rite of Passage” series, as well as two striking works from his “Meditation” series, and a powerful stand-alone piece entitled “Sentry”.

Martin’s work is all about remaining open to certain artistic possibilities outside of his original concept for each piece.

“I enjoy staying intuitive as I work into the materials,” states Martin. “I feel a real collaboration with my art. Allowing the pieces to form and show me a certain direction to explore keeps me present when I’m creating.

“Sometimes a piece comes out so simple and clear that it stands alone well. Other times, an individual piece is better served as a supporting component rather than the whole itself,” Martin continues.  Martin does a lot of notebook sketching in black and white to explore spatial relationships and design elements. He likes to keep his sketches simple and vague enough to provide the physical creation of the piece a place to grow.

“When my drawings become too detailed or thought out, I usually don’t end up making that piece,” Martin adds. “If I flesh out an idea to its complete conclusion on paper, I feel creatively satisfied and it’s time to move on.”

Martin uses symbols and marks to represent concepts, places, people and movement in his more sculptural paintings, and is more interested in capturing an emotional movement or gesture in his figurative work.

Occasionally, the titles of Martin’s work can lead to an understanding of these symbols and feelings, as with the works in his “Meditation” series, but most often are just for his own internal dialogue.

“My work has been described as having an ancient or tribal feeling,” Martin concludes. “I am very interested in the qualities of ritual and history. I like the idea that these pieces seem to have had a previous life. To me, the pieces feel like a physical memory of a cultural or personal ceremony.”

Martin’s work has been included in several group juried/invitational exhibitions, and resides in a number of prestigious private collections throughout the country.

SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts is located at 333 Bastille Drive, two blocks north of U.S. 160, off of North Pagosa Boulevard.  The 4,000 square-foot arts facility houses a ceramic studio and fine art gallery, two mixed-media workshops, and two large exhibition spaces.

For more information on SHY RABBIT, visit www.shyrabbit.com or call 731-2766. For more information on exhibitions, visit www.shyrabbit.com/Exhibits.html.

Photo courtesy SHY RABBIT
“Interim” continues at SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts through March 7, featuring the work of Pagosa artist Shaun Martin, among others. Martin’s mixed media work, “Meditation I”, measures 18x12x3.