Recently, Karma had a book release for Brooklyn-based painter Chris Martin, celebrating his new trilogy, Yellow, Green, Red, published by Bearpuff Press, in conjunction with an exhibition of his glitter and fabric paintings.
Early in Martin's career, he worked as an art therapist for people suffering from AIDS, mental illness, and addiction. His work addresses themes of life, death and rebirth, with motifs that display family, friends, and trees, as well as Amy Winehouse, Martin Kippenberger, Amanita Muscaria, mushrooms, gnomes, and Santa Claus.
Combining digital snapshots, magazine clippings, and artwork scans, Martin creates links and forms visual sentences for the pages of his trilogy. Yellow book is the first in the series — the cover is of a gnome statue smoking. The cover of Red book is of a slice of pizza that fell on the ground. And Green book's cover is of his painting, photoshopped into the gallery space at Submarine Wharf, Rotterdam, where he exhibited in the “XXXL Painting” group show this past summer. There is such great soul, rhythm, and flow throughout the pages and sunbursts to refresh one's mind after each journey or joke is being told.
Yellow, Green, Red (& Blue) is currently on view at Karma until January 11th.