2022 Sculpture in the Garden Series
Sam Moyer & Eddie Martinez
DATE: June 4 to October 29, 2022
TIME: Fridays & Saturdays, 10am-4pm
EVENT DESCRIPTION: Sculpture in the Garden 2022: Sam Moyer & Eddie Martinez showcased 14 sculptures by the married couple, with 11 by Martinez and three by Moyer. The works dated from 2016-2022, and several were monumental in size. Moyer’s work were installed at the center of the garden’s “rondels” (a set of three circular arbors crafted from locust wood harvested from the property). Martinez’s Half Stepping Hot Stepper was installed in a garden room hedged by Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) at the end of a long view. A second large untitled sculpture by Martinez was installed at the center of a large flowering bed, near a Linden allée. Smaller works by Martinez were installed near the subterranean grotto, a slightly below-ground gathering place on the south side of the garden.
“Sam Moyer and Eddie Martinez’s sculptures focus on interactions between the animate and inanimate, between the marriage of sculpture and soil and the ephemeral quality of light, that let us see things,” says Rondinone.
Martinez, an influential abstract painter, began creating sculpture in 2013, collecting found objects on the beaches of the North Fork of Long Island and on the streets around his Brooklyn studio, including cardboard, wood, plastic, rubber, bottle caps, and metal grills, along with such marine detritus as old buoys and lobster traps. The raw materials were arranged into improvised configurations and then cast in bronze, transforming their presence while preserving their forms. The sculptures are finished with oil, enamel, and spray paint. While nonrepresentational, they suggest human and animal forms that parallel those found in his paintings.
Ranging from four to six feet in height, Moyer’s Dependents series references codependency, and while it is understood as emotionally exploitative in human relationships, it is an essential condition of sculpture and architecture, which require systems of support such as joints, hinges, and counterweights in order to function. Moyer’s Dependents sculptures from 2021 comprise two separate entities: one made from aggregate concrete, the other a piece of Belgian Bluestone. Married by a rough hand-drawn joint, inspired by Japanese joinery, one cannot stand without the other.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Sam Moyer (b. 1983, Chicago, Illinois) received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Corcoran College of Art and Design in 2005 and her Master of Fine Arts from Yale University in 2007. In Moyer’s practice, issues of scale and space are critical, and Moyer is particularly interested in the way architecture functions in tandem with her objects to create dynamic visual experiences. Uniting found textures and object in innovative ways, Moyer manipulates them into beautifully abstract formal works that provoke a new, expanded artistic vocabulary. Moyer’s first solo public art installation, Doors for Doris, commissioned by Public Art Fund, was on view at the entrance to Central Park on Doris C. Freedman Plaza last year. Her works are featured in prominent public collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven; Morgan Library, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Louis Vuitton Foundation, Paris. Moyer has exhibited her work at The Drawing Center, New York; The Bass Museum, Miami; and The Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, MO; LAND, Los Angeles; and Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm. Moyer has participated in important group exhibitions, including Inherent Structure, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus; Greater New York Between Spaces at PS1 Contemporary Art Center, Queens. She lives and works in Brooklyn and Orient, New York.
Working in between the lines of representation and abstraction, Eddie Martinez (b. 1977, Groton Naval Base, Groton, Connecticut) paints in oil, enamel, and spray paint while often incorporating found objects picked up from his studio floor, in a fast-paced practice that could be compared to automatism. Noted for his deft draftsmanship, Martinez creates large-scale works that maintain the feeling of drawings. His most apparent visual references are the CoBrA group and Abstract Expressionism. In addition to his paintings, Martinez creates found-object sculptures and works on paper. A number of his works in Sculpture in the Garden 2022 were seen recently in the exhibition Beach Bronze at Lévy Gorvy, Palm Beach and in 2018 at Frieze London in a solo booth at Timothy Taylor Gallery, London. Last year, his work was on view at Blum & Poe, Los Angeles; Perrotin, Shanghai; Loyal Gallery, Stockholm; and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York. Museum exhibitions include the Yuz Museum, Shanghai, China and Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit in 2019; and The Bronx Museum in New York in 2018. He lives and works in Brooklyn and Orient, New York.