Last night was the presentation of Betty Martin's art exhibit here at 87ZERO. What a spectacle! Between 87ZERO, Studio Becker Hawaii, and Na Lama Kukui, paintings and collages lined the walls with a showing of Betty's amazing interpretation of Hawaii inspired by.... well - you're going to have to come and see for yourself.... but here's a peak.
The interesting thing about Betty is that she is a sculptor. So her mind works in 3D at an almost visceral level. She is well-known for her work of the angel sculptures which stand atop the Flatiron Building in Manhattan. The interesting thing is that when you see the sculpture and her style - it easily translates to paintings.
Her best paintings in my opinion are the ones that are almost layered with depth. The paint almost becomes sculpture. Now this defies a lot of painter "rules" about effectively building color without too much media... Simply meaning that too much paint means you've got too many layers and don't know what the heck you are doing... or you're working too hard at it.
But in Betty's case the paint almost builds to create the third textural dimension.
The interesting thing is that since she is a sculptor, her eye for creating depth with tones and shades is very good - very natural - and when you put layering on top of that... i can see why so many people love her work.
Betty is moving into a new avenue of plaster finishing that is REALLY exciting. She gave me a tour of some of the homes where she has done this. A sculptor and painter doing crushed stone plastering on a wall.... wow - you will see it immediately. This is for people who love the ancient Italian way, and also for those who see it as a modern and timeless take on what will always be WOW!
So you designers and architects out there - pros and lovers-of check out Betty for not only ART on a canvas... but so, so much more. Your mind will race with the possibilities.
As you know here at 87ZERO - we believe in outliers, extremes, alternatives, options, exceptions, rule-breaking, and antifragility. And we think Betty is a believer too... just see the work, and you'll understand.