With a performative drawing and musical showcase on opening night, we have a few looks at the immersive installation by Shantell Martin that recently opened at Chandran Gallery in San Francisco. The show runs through August 18, 2017.
The entirely of the show features site specific wall drawings both inside and outside of the gallery, canvas works, ceramic objects as well as a fully wheatpasted-floor installation. The London-born, NYC-based artist also completed a performative and interactive drawing and music show at the exhibition's opening, using her declarative and powerful word-based paintings as the basis for the performane.
In the June 2017 print issue of Juxtapoz, we featured Shantell and asked her about whether she draws alone or prefers the audience to be in the exhibition with her, to which she replied:
"If I draw by myself, it tends to be more detailed and dreamy, but perhaps a little bit more realistic things might seep in there. I enjoy drawing with an audience because you’re exposing the creative process, which I don’t think we expose or share enough. The audience becomes a part of the work and the experience, which makes it more relevant to that time and place, and the audience. I’m very good at distracting myself, so if I was alone, I would end up watching Netflix rather than working, but if people are watching me, I have that pressure. It puts me in a position where I don’t have to think about what I’m doing, I’ve just gotta do it. And that’s a good space to be in, where you don’t let your mind wander or let insecurity sink in, or try to be anyone else. You just have to go with it."
A clip of Shantell painting in the gallery: