Andrew Huffman & Martin Machado
First Saturday, April 1st, 5-7pm
April 1st - May 20th, 2023
Eleanor Harwood Gallery is delighted to announce a two-person exhibit with Andrew Huffman
and Martin Machado
. Wave Forms marks the beginning of the gallery's new “Atrium Spotlight” series, presented on the outer walls of the gallery. Wave Forms
juxtaposes very different interpretations of the physics of a curve.
Huffman breaks down the components of the San Francisco landscape and renders sharp colorful geometry representing the California coastline and the Golden Gate bridge as abstraction. He leaves us with enough references, by titling the works International Orange 1 and 2 and using “safety orange” in the paintings, to allow us to infer that he is painting the Bay Area’s most iconic bridge. His paintings are meditations on his own uncoupling and looking forward to venturing into new territories and relationships.
Machado’s “My Wake Series” are paintings that depict the roiling surface of the water viewed from high upon a container ship. Marchado works in the commercial maritime industry, pulling imagery, and in this case, physical charts from his journeys and uses them as source material for his oil paintings.
Waterscapes and their shifting motions lend themselves to endless interpretation. These artists are both travelers, experiencing the ocean from its depths, beaches and thoroughfares. The water changes as do our lives. The work in this show is full of movement, using pattern and color variation to carry our eyes across the canvas. The ocean is a dynamic, unstable system. This instability forces us to adapt ourselves and our perspectives; Huffman tightens up the lines, while Marchado abstracts the waves even further.
Martin Machado, My Wake Series: The Yellow Sea, 2021, Oil on Ship’s Nautical Chart, 29 x 40 1/2 in
Andrew Huffman, International Orange 1, 2023, Acrylic on Canvas, 29 x 19 in
For over two decades, Martin has had his feet in two very different endeavors, that of the art world and of the maritime industry.
His labor on the water has taken him around the globe on international containerships, commercial fishing vessels, and sailing boats. The ports and the people he has worked alongside have become intertwined with the layers of his art, a visual storytelling that is based on his own experience, but reaches back to the history of maritime exploration and our core human connections to the sea.
Andrew Huffman has exhibited primarily in United States galleries in Ohio, Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York. In the US his works currently are in the homes of friends and collectors in New York City; Los Angeles; Columbus (OH); Albuquerque (NM); Denver (CO); Kansas City (MO), and beyond. He has exhibited immersive installations in Colorado at the Denver Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Boulder Museum of Art, Arvada Center for the Arts, the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, and Redline Contemporary Art Center. On the international side, he has exhibited twice in Berlin, Germany, at the Neurotitan Gallery (2014) and Sluice Exchange Berlin 2018 at the Kuhlhaus, and
also completed a mural in Old Dali City, in Yunnan, China (2009). Huffman finished a two-year artist-in-residence program at Redline Contemporary Art Center in Denver, Colorado, and also completed the FBAIR (Facebook Artist in Residence) in November of 2018. Andrew had his second solo show with the David Richard Gallery open in New York City, September 2020. In March 2022, he exhibited works at Intersect Art & Design Palm Springs with the Edward Cella Gallery from Los Angeles. He has also been included in multiple group shows with the Edward Cella Gallery in Los Angeles, California. He was just accepted into a new two-year Redline satellite studio program in 2022. He is currently represented by the David Richard Gallery in New York City, and the Edward Cella Gallery in Los Angeles.
Andrew’s academic training includes a BFA in painting and printmaking (2008) from the Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio, as well an MFA in painting (with honors, 2012) from the University of Kansas. While completing his MFA he taught undergraduate courses in drawing, and art concepts. He also completed an eight-month-long artist residency (2009) at the Chop Chop Gallery in Columbus, Ohio, where he had a collaborative dual solo show with his artist-older sister, Rachael Huffman, titled, “Space’n’Digestion”. He has taught 2d-design and drawing at Metropolitan State University, and Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design, both in Denver, Colorado. As a high school student he was selected to be a Sharpie and participated in the Marie Walsh Sharp Foundation summer program that took place in Colorado Springs, Colorado, but was based and funded out of NYC. He also attended a month long intensive program at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design as a high school student for college credit.
He was born (1986) in Newton, Kansas, the youngest of five creative, artistically gifted children, and was reared in the historic city of Lawrence, Kansas, home of the pre-Civil War abolitionists known as Jayhawkers. He continues to be influenced significantly from his love of skateboarding, biking, music, art, travelling, teaching, reading, mountains, fishing, camping, documentaries, cooking, gardening, and spontaneous human interaction in his home of Denver, Colorado and beyond.
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