The work by artist Bellingham artist Justin Lee Martin will be on display starting October 2nd through November 17th in the Skagit Valley College (SVC) Art Gallery, which is located in the Gary Knutzen Cardinal Center on SVC’s Mount Vernon Campus.

The paintings in the exhibition, “Plunge” demonstrate a range of meditations on land, both physical and social. Some of the ideas that carry themselves throughout the body of work include; the impact of climate change, structures of control, and tactics. The implications suggested by color and form is directly related to the concepts in the work. In the piece “Sea Swept”, bands of color reflect both linear perspective and warning codes, similar to the fire danger signs found along western roadsides. Notions of control and tactics are fused in paintings depicting floating horseshoes and buoys. The buoy’s grid formation references the children’s board game of battleship and the horseshoes signify another, similar, game of tactics and competition. Aluminum paint is used to suggest tactical measures as well as a landscape stripped bare of its’ resources. The exhibition title, “Plunge” refers to coastal terminology, more specific a type of breaking wave. These paintings suggest the moment of or after the waves have broken.

Martin was raised in Montana where he received his BFA from the University of Montana and completed his MFA from The University of South Florida, Tampa. Martin is a dual-citizen of the United States and Canada and is a recognized member of the Métis Federation in Manitoba, Canada. He lives with his family in Bellingham, where he teaches Art at Whatcom Community College. www.justinleemartin.com or  jmartin2@whatcom.edu

The SVC Art Gallery is dedicated to the exhibition of contemporary work by regionally, national, and internationally acclaimed artists.

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