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Richard Anthony Martinez, Backdrops and Cameras

548 West 28th Street, 2nd floor, 212-244-9081
October 20 - December 3, 2005
Reception: Thursday, October 20, 6 - 8 PM
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New drawings by Texas-born artist Richard Anthony Martinez. These delicately scaled graphite on paper drawings examine the complex relationship between constructed image and narrative. Martinez uses the motion picture process known as the matte painting as his subject.

The matte painting technique was developed in the early years of cinema as a cost-effective method of creating landscapes, cityscapes and architecture in the form of a painting that would later be inserted as a backdrop in the film that actors could then be superimposed into, creating the illusion of action within a still location and context.

Richard Anthony Martinez received his MFA degree from Cornell University in 2004 and his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2002. He currently resides in Texas.
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