Despite rigorous experimentation and a willingness to try new things in new ways, every artist has a style that is distinctively theirs. Subtle nuances in color, in texture, in subject, and in composition will ultimately belie their creator’s hand.
For Joe Martino, his remarkable “tell” is the cycle of chaos and order that blooms rhythmically in his work.
There is something both tidy and disgruntled in the layers of paint, gesso, and paste. Each neat succession of fiber, metal and paper has delightfully destructive bursts. With the use of so many media, one anticipates crowding and clutter. But alas, each element fits and removing of any one would come at the detriment to the flow of quiet anarchy.
Joe’s Martino’s work is dual natured: creationist and destructionist. His connection to nature, to science, is undeniable – his “Artissimo” series is paramount to the Big Bang, and other pieces have celestial essences that hint around the edges. We expect no less from an artist who has lived a dual nature himself: as artist and science educator.
In his artist statement, Joe describes his work as non-traditional, textural and dimensional. These words seem too small to soak up the watery descent we make into his spectacular Koi pond, or the lustrous contours of his lovely Aeola.
His work has been described as “organic” but I’d be so bold as to disagree. With Joe’s artful melding of light, purpose and mass, certainly his work hails from the cosmos.
Please let us know what YOU think about Joe’s work by leaving a comment below, and by rating his portfolio. Come back next week – same time, same place – to check out our next hearted artist!
P.S. You’ll never be cool like Joe if you don’t submit your artist portfolio! And if you’ve already submitted, we’ll be picking another hearted artist next week – it might just be you!