NEGOTIATIONS

MARTINA NEHRLING

May 28th – June 25th, 2022

In this body of work, Nehrling has no fear of color, creating the stunning abstractions she is best known for. Bold short stripes cut across the canvas, composing a crescendo of hues that sit together neatly while demanding to be understood. Peeking through the thicket of lines are multicolored iridescent fogs asking the question “What if?”.

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The Artist and her dog Chaplin.

Seduced by the formal complexity of color, I revel in its emotive slipperiness and enjoy mining its controversial decorativeness. The inextricability of these aspects unique to color continually spurs my engagement. Tuned to the vivid and continuous absurd disparities of daily life, I weave visual rhythms—resonant, discordant, muscular, mellifluous—in patterns akin to currents and eddies, note taking, list making, pixilation and mapping.

– Martina Nehrling, Artist

RICHARD OF YORK GAVE BATTLE IN VAIN

2019

acrylic on canvas

48 x 60″ 


SOLD

 

JAB

2021

acrylic on canvas

36 x 30″ 

 

PINCH

2021

acrylic on canvas

36 x 30″ 

 


SOLD

 

In a compositional language of maximalism, Nehrling’s work reflects our abundant access to information and entertainment that is at once the privilege and burden of contemporary life. The era of social media and rabid consumption of streaming content has amplified the 24 hour news cycle. Intensified political divisions, the pandemic, and her own aging further raise the stakes involved in the constant decision making of daily life.

NEGOTIATION 1

2019

acrylic on canvas

30 x 34″ 

 

NEGOTIATION 2

2019

acrylic on canvas

30 x 34″ 

 

NEGOTIATION 3

2019

acrylic on canvas

30 x 34″ 

 

FLYING BUTTRESS 1

2021

acrylic on montval

26 x 20″ 

 

With an almost synesthesic quality Nehrling’s compositions explore visual rhyming – the points and counterpoints of chromaticity strike chords and discords. There is a thrilling and joyful feeling of suspension and levitation in these pieces. They express exuberance, fear, delight and hysteria. There is a discernible vocabulary of flexibility and endlessness in the way the colors mingle and merge.

FLYING BUTTRESS 2

2021

acrylic on montval

26 x 20″ 

 

FLYING BUTTRESS 3

2021

acrylic on montval

26 x 20″ 

 

MULTI GRANDIFLORA

2021

acrylic on montval

16 x 20″ 

 

BRIDGE

2019

acrylic on montval

16 x 20″ 

 

MINERAL

2019

acrylic on montval

20 x 16″ 

 

“I use multiple distinct brushstrokes for their staccato quality and graphic directness, and employ highly saturated chroma for its insistence, its unapologetic hysteria, its mirth and its madness. With this tensile language I explore what it means to be here, musing meditatively or ranting in lush celebration, high-pitched lament, or raucous rebellion.

– Martina Nehrling, Artist

SIDE EYE

2019

acrylic on montval

16 x 20″ 

 

POINT – framed

2018

acrylic on montval

16 x 12″ 

 

BRAINFOG

2021

acrylic on montval

16 x 12″ 

 

CRACKED

2021

acrylic on montval

16 x 12″ 

 

ABOUT THE ARTIST
Biography      CV        Statement 

 

Martina Nehrling is a Chicago-based artist who received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and an MFA from the University of Chicago. She has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Lake Forest College, and for the Associated Colleges of the Midwest Chicago Arts Program.

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