Derek Glenn Martin
''As an artist, I create to continue a dialogue of creative expression our species has had with the earth since antiquity — perhaps even longer if we consider dance, song and ritual. As the human “sophistication” increases our relationship to the environment lessens, creating a rippling effect of issues now and to come. Renewable energy, soil degradation, improper mining, by-catch, and the extinction crisis are bases of concern and/or inspiration.
My creative process naturally then is a collaboration with nature. I incorporate various forms of sculpture and performance to create a site-specific work which then becomes a curated series of photographs and/or video. Oftentimes I juxtapose beauty and disaster in places not widely known in unlikely or unique circumstances as natural materials and ancient practices permeate and serve to inform the work.
In my studio I research and scour printed and online articles, sift through records and news to then scan maps or GoogleEarth in order to actualize a project.
With environmental mishaps as a constant, I must painstakingly choose which issue precedes the next. I welcome any support to further missions often periled in elements of danger and trespassing for something worth all my heart — a sacredness that lives in the land, air, and sea. My 2018 photographs help record present issues while unraveling a conversation that promotes a change in how we treat not only the environment but one another.’’
Martin is a site-specific artist based out of Chinatown, Manhattan and Montauk, NY, working in: performance, sculpture, installation, photography, sound and video. Martin’s work investigates the phenomena of human creativity; drawing from ancient practices to modern techniques to inspire and re-cultivate our relationship to the environment. He has amassed solo, two-person and group shows nationally and internationally taking his practice to: Poland, Germany, London, Egypt, Norway, Iceland, Sweden and throughout the United States. For 2018, he will continue his wind works in Montauk, NY to advocate for sustainable energy and he also hopes to finish a 120 year old home in Braddock, PA to become an Artist in Residency Program for environmental artists to come.