Jordan Martins Opening and Lecture

by - October 31, 2012

Material is excited to announce its eighty-seventh exhibition, Recent Conglomerations featuring work by Chicago artist Jordan Martins

Jordan Martins will give a free lecture on his work in the Orgill Room in Clough Hall on Thursday, November 1 at 7 pm. 

Please note the lecture is at Rhodes College and the exhibition is at Material.

Recent Conglomerations will be open for one night only on Friday, November 2, 2013 from 6-8 pm.

Material is located at 2553 Broad Avenue.

Jordan Martins is a Chicago-based visual artist whose work employs a variety of collage techniques, exploring notions of multiplicity and hybridity with dense compositions.  His recent work has focused on a process of layering collage and paint within multiple layers of resin, creating an uncanny depth to his work.  He received his MFA in visual arts from the Universidade Federal da Bahia in Salvador, Brazil in 2007, and is now based in Chicago, where he teaches at North Park University. 

Martins’ work in the past few years has focused on two tangents: investigations of particular visual languages (hand painted grocery signs, hunting videos...), and conglomerations of several visual languages on a single surface.  In both cases the artist is interested in what the collage process can show about these languages when they are stripped down to their most basic utterances and recontextualized into new mutations.  In its simplest terms, collaging is about rupturing a visual language and grafting it again to form some kind of hybrid.  In these recent bodies of work I’m trying to accumulate a variable set of collage strategies so I can further articulate this graft/rupture process.

Additional images and information about the artist and his work can be found at his website:

Material is located at 2553 Broad Avenue. Parking is available on both the north and south sides of Broad Avenue. 

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