Wed March 6 - Sat April 6, 2024

JOHN MARTIN: A SELF-PORTRAIT

Join us for a solo retrospective of John Martin's 38-year career at Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland.

The show opens on February 1st, 2024 and will run through April 6th, 2024.

Born in 1963 in Marks, Mississippi, John Martin now resides in Oakland and works at the Creative Growth Art Center. His diverse art, spanning drawings, ceramics, and woodwork, seamlessly weaves together memories from his family farm in Mississippi and his present urban life in Oakland.

Martin's artistic journey, which began in 1987 at Creative Growth, prominently features images such as trucks, snakes, pocket knives, cell phones and various found objects.

These items, integral to his work, have evolved over the years. His art not only captures the essence of these objects but also explores their practicality in imaginative ways, creating extraordinary animal combinations, oversized Leatherman tools, and mysterious text.

In his distinctive style, Martin's creations showcase a playful transformation of everyday items. Fish morph into knives, alligators become saws, and even Martin himself is reimagined as a Nokia phone. Unfolding multi-tools reveal smiling sharks, and throughout his pieces, Martin's clever humor shines, turning mundane objects into a captivating and illustrative visual language.

More about John Martin - https://creativegrowth.org/artists
Join us for a solo retrospective of John Martin's 38-year career at Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland.

The show opens on February 1st, 2024 and will run through April 6th, 2024.

Born in 1963 in Marks, Mississippi, John Martin now resides in Oakland and works at the Creative Growth Art Center. His diverse art, spanning drawings, ceramics, and woodwork, seamlessly weaves together memories from his family farm in Mississippi and his present urban life in Oakland.

Martin's artistic journey, which began in 1987 at Creative Growth, prominently features images such as trucks, snakes, pocket knives, cell phones and various found objects.

These items, integral to his work, have evolved over the years. His art not only captures the essence of these objects but also explores their practicality in imaginative ways, creating extraordinary animal combinations, oversized Leatherman tools, and mysterious text.

In his distinctive style, Martin's creations showcase a playful transformation of everyday items. Fish morph into knives, alligators become saws, and even Martin himself is reimagined as a Nokia phone. Unfolding multi-tools reveal smiling sharks, and throughout his pieces, Martin's clever humor shines, turning mundane objects into a captivating and illustrative visual language.

More about John Martin - https://creativegrowth.org/artists
read more
show less
   
EDIT OWNER
Owned by
{{eventOwner.email_address || eventOwner.displayName}}
New Owner

Update

EDIT EDIT
Links:
Event Details

Category:
Gallery, Art

Date/Times:
  • Wed Mar 6 (10am - 4pm)
  • Thu Mar 7 (10am - 4pm)
  • Fri Mar 8 (10am - 4pm)
  • show more
    show less
Creative Growth 20 Upcoming Events
355 24th Street, Oakland, CA 94612

SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA EVENTS CALENDAR

TODAY
27
SATURDAY
28
SUNDAY
29
MONDAY
1
The Best Events
Every Week in Your Inbox

Thank you for subscribing!

Edit Event Details

I am the event organizer



Your suggestion is required.



Your email is required.
Not valid email!

    Cancel
Great suggestion! We'll be in touch.
Event reviewed successfully.

Success!

Your event is now LIVE on SF STATION

COPY LINK TO SHARE Copied

or share on


See my event listing


Looking for more visibility? Reach more people with our marketing services