Bill Martin’s open studio show, “An Arti-Logical Dig,” will present what he calls five decades of  visual invention and delight. The retrospective display of Martin’s work will be open to the public Saturday and Sunday, July 31 and Aug. 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at his studio on the St. George River, 62 Water St. Refreshments will be served and all work on view will be available for purchase.

“An Arti-Logical Dig” will feature Martin’s sculptures and woodcuts including recently rediscovered bronze-over-steel and copper sculptures that had been hidden away in storage bins, as well as stainless steel kinetic sculpture and a variety of other works in painted metal and wood. The kinetic sculptures will be displayed with programmed lighting, creating constantly changing patterns of shadow and reflection.

Martin’s work has been exhibited at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport, Caldbeck Gallery in Rockland, Round Top Arts Center and Gallery 170  in Damariscotta, Thomaston Cafe and the Camden Public Library. He has major large-scale commissioned sculpture in public and private installations in the United States and Canada.

Martin’s woodcuts are an extenuation of bas  relief wood carvings that began with the carved block being primary and evolved to the print becoming the major expression. Early blocks and prints dealt with social conditions in Boston in the 1950s and have progressed though iconic images to current work driven by sky color and cloud patterns; the power and ambience of the St. George River with its changing reflections; wind patterns; and the lively line of nature as viewed by the artist from his riverside studio. Martin’s woodcuts have been exhibited at the Library of Congress and are in the Cleveland Art Museum, U.S. State Department and private collections.

Metaphors of natural phenomena are a strong element in Martin’s sculptures. Their structures, joining methods and general respect for materials, reflect the artist’s engineering background. His circuitous journey from the first suspended sculpture made from a tangled coil of music wire has led to many excursions into two- and three-dimension expression. His major commissions in the United States and in Canada have been primarily kinetic, using reflective and mesh panels. He has commissioned sculpture at the Dallas Fair Park Music Hall, Colorado Springs Airport, the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Northeastern University and Rutgers University, as well as in three Maine Percent for Art venues and in private collections in Maine and Massachusetts. He has worked with the late architect Philip Johnson and architectural firms in Boston, Cambridge, Dallas, Toronto and Montreal.

Martin studied chemical engineering at Case Western Reserve University, has a bachelor of science in industrial engineering degree from Ohio State and studied painting with Karl Zerbe and sculpture with Ernest Morenon at the Boston Museum School, where he taught the first year sculpture program for three and a half years. He also taught visual thinking at the Boston University School of Engineering as an adjunct professor.

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