jared christopher martin

STAIRCASES

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When we contemplate a photograph by Jared Christopher Martin, we don't know which Saint to pray to, given the considerable profusion of details. Is this a photograph, a painting, a diorama or a freeze frame from a film mid-screening. The American artist borrows the definition of his abstract style from the Cubist movement that revolutionised the notion of representation. He effectively designs a single image based on a multiplicity of small photographs taken on the fly, representing all of our little perceptions, as though time was being compressed, along with the narrative and even memories. The former actor certainly has a lot of memories. The image Staircases was produced between 2014 and 2015 and is reminiscent of Marcel Duchamp's painting Nude Descending a Staircase. A skilful combination of Cubism and Futurism, the painting alludes to Marey and Muybridge's chronophotographs that deconstructed movement, and hence to the cinema as well.

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