On display at Primary Gallery October, 2014

Opening Reception: Friday 10/3 6-10 p.m., Closing Reception: Friday, 10/31 6-10 p.m.

Indianapolis, IN, September 10, 2014 – Primary Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition featuring the dynamic paintings of Martin Kuntz. Inspired by the images of print, online media, and television, Kuntz looks to derive meaning from the seemingly meaningless plethora of images and explore how these images affect the subconscious concerning issues ranging from gender roles and masculinity, to violence, wealth, and death. Kuntz recognizes that we are exposed to an incalculable amount of images on a daily basis, yet rarely do we examine and attempt to place value on the images to which we are exposed.

By utilizing the layering advantages of acrylic, and the saturation and deep modeling potential of oils, the exhibit’s body of works look to mimic the cacophonous noise of everyday life. Through bright logos, and realistically rendered figures painted in an almost collaged manner, Kuntz attempts to fill the canvas past maximum capacity where all images are fighting for dominance and the viewer is forced to determine value and significance.

Kuntz earned his BFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland before returning to his home state of Indiana to continue his artistic career. Kuntz prefers to work on large scale canvases using oils, and occasionally acrylic underneath. Deriving inspiration from images appropriated from childhood, Kuntz utilizes sources including coloring books, comics, and movies. Very rarely does Kuntz have a preliminary plan for a blank canvas, instead he favors the practice of starting from a statement he wishes to convey then allowing the images to find their way on the painting.

The closing reception will not only feature an exclusive talk with the artist but will be a Halloween celebration complete with food, beverages, and costumes.

In this vulgar era, this Internet age, we are bombarded from birth on a constant basis with images. These images and advertisements from print, online media and television are inherently meaningful, yet have become nullified due to the overwhelming cacophony of imagery and consumptive chaos of everyday life. We are exposed to an incalculable amount of images on a daily basis, yet rarely do we examine and attempt to place value on the images to which we are exposed.

By utilizing the layering advantages of acrylic, and the saturation and deep modeling potential of oils, this body of work looks to mimic the cacophonous noise of everyday life. Through bright logos, and realistically rendered figures painted in an almost collaged manner, I attempt to fill the canvas past maximum capacity where all images are fighting for dominance and the viewer is forced to examine and determine value and significance.

This body of work not only looks to explore images I associate with childhood and to derive meaning from the meaningless, but also looks to explore how images affect the subconscious regarding issues ranging from gender roles and masculinity, to violence, wealth, and death.

Martin Kuntz

“We are buried beneath the weight of information, which is being confused with knowledge; quantity is being confused with abundance and wealth with happiness. We are monkeys with money and guns.”
— Tom Waits