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Jonathan Martin
updated: 04/24/2013
website: www.okmambo.com/blog
 
   
 
 
     
 
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art-medium
art-year
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Tomb (Isis)
Ankh
Girls (Playboy)
Sexy Sadie
Sex Love Sex
Palmier
Keys Under Palm Trees
Maria
Bleach
Curtain (I like Ice Cream, we could skip the wedding)
 
Portfolio Keywords:  cartoon, animals, gender/sexuality, illustration, figurative, language, consumer culture, collage, books, meditative
 
 
Tomb (Isis) by Jonathan Martin
Tomb (Isis)
Animation - ink on paper
2010
8 " x  12 " 
Ankh by Jonathan Martin
Ankh
ink on paper
2012
8,5" x  11,2" 
Girls (Playboy) by Jonathan Martin
Girls (Playboy)
ink on paper
2010
12.5 " x  9.5 " 
Sexy Sadie by Jonathan Martin
Sexy Sadie
booklet, laser print
2012
8,5" x  6,5" 
Sex Love Sex by Jonathan Martin
Sex Love Sex
ink on paper
2013
11" x  8,5" 
Palmier by Jonathan Martin
Palmier
ink on paper
2013
8,5" x  11,2" 
Keys Under Palm Trees by Jonathan Martin
Keys Under Palm Trees
ink on paper
jan. 2013
8,5" x  11" 
Maria by Jonathan Martin
Maria
collage
2013
8,2 " x  11,8 " 
Bleach by Jonathan Martin
Bleach
film, bleach on 35mm stock, 4 mn
2013
Dimensions variable
Curtain (I like Ice Cream, we could skip the wedding) by Jonathan Martin
Curtain (I like Ice Cream, we could skip the wedding)
ink on paper
2010
12.5 " x  9.5 " 

Artist Statement
I make drawing and animation. Drawing induces a certain kind of simplicity and quickness. As for a mathematical demonstration, the beauty of a drawing lies in its concision – in the way it embraces the properties of an object in a number of simple operations.
Drawing has a kind of continuity with writing. A lot of religious scriptures insist on the particular value of the letters of the alphabet or specific words, and the value of tracing them. In my work it is a way of giving to these words - titles, lyrics, names, etc - a physical shape, like telling them loud, or singing them.
My work takes mostly its inspiration from American popular culture, especially music. The songs of traditionnal music, rock or hip hop are to me like ideal artistic forms - available to the greatest number of people, open on their time, and never ceasing after to appear and disappear under “the wreckage of the centuries” and to bear, according to the time and place where they are listened to, and the one who listen to them, new meanings. Based on simple forms, they draw most of their strenght from what the interpreter put in them.
Cartoons from the 30s, especially by Georges Herriman, and the Fleischer brothers films, are an important influence to me by their visual audacity, their blend of modernism and weirdness, of a kind of tongue-in-cheek erotism and the darkness of the Great Depression.
In all of my works, references to pieces of music, movies or pictures is something important ; not only a way of aknowledging an inevitable heritage, but also a mean to take place within filiations or lineages, a bit like covers in music.

Artist Bio / CV
b. 1986 in Paris.
I graduated from the Ensad in 2010. I work as an animator and illustrator.

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