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Jun 28 × Sep 15, 2019

GERHARDT BRAUN GALLERY ART PALACE - CALLE SANT FELIU 10
Francesca Martí focuses on the human dynamic. Through her art, she analyses human behaviour, whenever people are gathered together in crowds at political demonstrations, in religious rites, at border controls, commuting to work or even as a group of fans at a sporting event. Martí looks at the role of leaders, followers and congregations. Her figures wander through the cityscapes she has photographed in Madrid, New York, Shanghai, Stockholm and other urban hubs. She has called these sculptures her Believers. They are explorers migrating to new, brightly coloured territories. Sometimes these figures all follow the same path, as in Martí's Energy Ray installation, a procession of Believers advancing with the determination of a lightning bolt. Meanwhile, a series of works in perspex boxes by Martí features the enlarged heads of anonymous mannequins and blocks of bold, neon colours. Surreal chains of figures move in single file across expressionless faces. "The life-like figures of the mannequins are without a soul, but they are given new spirit by the energetic Believers walking across the topography of their faces," explains Martí. "They are like explorers discovering new lands.”
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Francesca Marti' - Energy Ray opens on June 28, 2019 at Gerhardt Braun Gallery in Palma de Mallorca, her third solo exhibition with the gallery since 2013. It features two distinct series of works. The first section is dedicated to unseen paintings from the mid-1990s depicting the cycle of life in the hills near the town of Soller in the north of the Tramuntana mountain range. Meanwhile the main spaces of the gallery show recent sculptures, installations and photographs from Marti's Believers series, in which human figures can be seen migrating through cities, gathered together in crowds or standing alone. In Marti's work, the human silhouette always adds a spark of new hope.
This show runs through mid-September, 2019. It continues several humanist themes first presented in 2017 at Marti's Transformation retrospective at the Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum in Bratislava, Slovakia and precedes her monumental double solo show with artist Xiao Hui Wang at the Zhuzhong Art Museum in Beijing in April 2020.
Francesca Marti's large-scale solo show in Palma features a series of previously unseen paintings completed in the mid-1990s, based on the theme of regeneration. These canvases and works on paper were inspired by the wild-fires that raged in the hills around Soller in 1992. Marti' depicted the scorched earth, dried creeks, burnt olive trees and dead animals, as well as the gradual process of Mother Nature coming back to life in the aftermath of the dramatic destruction. This return to vitality has been a recurring theme in Marti's work.
After they were completed, some of these paintings were exhibited in Marti's Ombra en la Cendra solo show at the Casal Solleric in Palma in 1997, then they were then set aside by the artist when she began her research into new pictorial techniques, which resulted in her photographs, collages and videos from The Fly series. Now, after two decades being hidden in her studio, these paintings have been re-framed and re-proposed as part of her current exhibition in Palma, revealing how Marti's exploration of colours, subjects and techniques continue to evolve. The burnt branches and dead animals in these works have also reappeared in different ways in Marti's previous exhibitions at Gerhardt Braun Gallery in Palma, at Droplet (2013) and Kingfisher (2017). These paintings are like a phoenix re-emerging from the ashes. Marti has also created a striking new installation from the wood from ancient olive trees burnt by the same wild-fires more than two decades ago, entwined with red led-lights glowing like embers.
Alongside her more classical oil paintings, Marti' will be exhibiting brand new installations and her most recent Believers mixed media works. Figures travel in groups against backdrops of urban landscapes in Madrid, New York, Stockholm and Shanghai. Sometimes they seem to be escaping persecution, or celebrating new horizons. Other works feature the enlarged faces of anonymous mannequins, with surreal chains of figures walking in single file across their physiognomical features.
"The life-like figures of the mannequins are without a soul, but they are given new spirit by the energetic Believers walking across the topography of their faces, just like the fly who first walked across the faces of my living models in The Fly series," said the artist. "They are like explorers discovering new lands."
Marti's recent work poses questions for mankind about what it means to be a human today, including aspects of migration, communication, social responsibility and how we express the divide between the traveller and the refugee. The exhibition includes Marti's central Energy Ray installation, a series of lightning bolts painted in the courtyard space of the gallery, a life-sized sculpture of a Believer in glowing, burnt orange and different groups of figures assembled in processions, crowds and congregations. A large satellite dish forms the core of her Chaos installation, with photographs printed on zinc depicting life in the city, and incorporating videos of people in mass movement.
As always, Marti's work focuses on the human dynamic. Her artworks analyse human behaviour, whenever crowds of people are gathered together at political demonstrations, religious rites, border controls, commuting to work or even as a squadron of fans at a sporting event.

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Congregation I

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Congregation II

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Congregation III

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Congregation IV

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Congregation V

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Energy Ray - Believers Installation

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Mannequin I

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Mannequin II

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Mannequin III

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New York

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New York II

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New York III

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New York IV

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New York VI

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New York VII

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New York VIII

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Regeneration

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Piro - diptych

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Piro I

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Piro II

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Piro III

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Piro IV

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Piro V

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Blue rock

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Ombra an la cendra I

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Ombra an la cendra II

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Ombra an la cendra III

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Ombra an la cendra IV

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Ombra an la cendra V

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Ombra an la cendra VI

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Ombra an la cendra VII

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Ombra an la cendra VIII

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Ombra an la cendra IX

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Ombra an la cendra X

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Ombra an la cendra XI

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Maat

Francesca Martí

Nimubs

Congregation I
Congregation II
Congregation III
Congregation IV
Congregation V
Energy Ray - Believers Installation
Mannequin I
Mannequin II
Mannequin III
New York
New York II
New York III
New York IV
New York VI
New York VII
New York VIII
Regeneration
Piro - diptych
Piro I
Piro II
Piro III
Piro IV
Piro V
Blue rock
Ombra an la cendra I
Ombra an la cendra II
Ombra an la cendra III
Ombra an la cendra IV
Ombra an la cendra V
Ombra an la cendra VI
Ombra an la cendra VII
Ombra an la cendra VIII
Ombra an la cendra IX
Ombra an la cendra X
Ombra an la cendra XI
Maat
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Congregation I

Francesca Martí

2019
Believers sculptures in resin, automotive paint, mirror-polished aluminium on dibond in perspex box
26.5 x 31 x 25 cm
Price on request

Congregation II

Francesca Martí

2019
Believers sculptures in resin, automotive paint, mirror-polished aluminium on dibond in perspex box
26.5 x 31 x 25 cm
Price on request

Congregation III

Francesca Martí

2019
Believers sculptures in resin, automotive paint, mirror-polished aluminium on dibond in perspex box
26.5 x 31 x 25 cm
Price on request

Congregation IV

Francesca Martí

2019
Believers sculptures in resin, automotive paint, mirror-polished aluminium on dibond in perspex box
26.5 x 31 x 25 cm
Price on request

Congregation V

Francesca Martí

2019
Believers sculptures in resin, automotive paint, mirror-polished aluminium on dibond in perspex box
26.5 x 31 x 25 cm
Price on request

Energy Ray - Believers Installation

Francesca Martí

2019
Installation (wall-mounted), paint and 33 Believers sculptures in polished aluminum and purple lacquered.
The installation can be installed with any amount of Believers up to 99 in total
Price on request

Mannequin I

Francesca Martí

2019
Colour photograph on dibond, resin sculptures, automotive paint in perspex boxes
150 x 150 x 10 cm
Price on request

Mannequin II

Francesca Martí

2019
Colour photograph on dibond, resin sculptures, automotive paint in perspex boxes
150 x 150 x 10 cm
Price on request

Mannequin III

Francesca Martí

2019
Colour photograph on dibond, resin sculptures, automotive paint in perspex boxes
150 x 150 x 10 cm
Price on request

New York

Francesca Martí

2019
Photograph on dibond, resin figures, automotive paint in a perspex box
100 x 200 x 11 cm
Price on request

New York II

Francesca Martí

2019
Colour photograph on dibond, resin sculptures, automotive paint in perspex box
150 x 150 x 10 cm
Price on request

New York III

Francesca Martí

2019
Colour photograph on dibond, resin sculptures, automotive paint in perspex boxes
200 x 100 x 10 cm
Price on request

New York IV

Francesca Martí

2019
Colour photograph on dibond, resin sculptures, automotive paint in perspex boxes
150 x 150 x 10 cm
Price on request

New York VI

Francesca Martí

2019
Colour photograph on dibond, resin sculptures, automotive paint in perspex boxes
150 x 150 x 10 cm
Price on request

New York VII

Francesca Martí

2019
Colour photograph on dibond, resin sculptures, automotive paint in perspex boxes
150 x 150 x 10 cm
Price on request

New York VIII

Francesca Martí

2019
Colour photograph on dibond, resin sculptures, automotive paint in perspex boxes
150 x 300 x 10 cm
Price on request

Regeneration

Francesca Martí

1994
Natural pigments and burnt oil paint on paper on board
200 x 100 cm
Price on request

Piro - diptych

Francesca Martí

1994
Natural pigments and burnt oil paint on paper on board
200 x 100 cm (each)
Price on request

Piro I

Francesca Martí

1994
Natural pigments, oil paint burnt on canvas
100 x 100 cm canvas
Price on request

Piro II

Francesca Martí

1994
Natural pigments, oil paint burnt on canvas
100 x 100 cm canvas
Price on request

Piro III

Francesca Martí

1994
Natural pigments, oil paint burnt on canvas
100 x 100 cm canvas
Price on request

Piro IV

Francesca Martí

1994
Natural pigments, oil paint burnt on canvas
100 x 100 cm canvas
Price on request

Piro V

Francesca Martí

1994
Natural pigments, oil paint burnt on canvas
100 x 100 cm canvas
Price on request

Blue rock

Francesca Martí

1998
Natural pigments, oil paint burnt on canvas
200 x 100 cm canvas
Price on request

Ombra an la cendra I

Francesca Martí

1997
Natural pigments, oil paint burnt on paper in a perspex box
127.5 x 45 x 3.5 cm
Price on request

Ombra an la cendra II

Francesca Martí

1997
Natural pigments, oil paint burnt on paper in a perspex box
127.5 x 45 x 3.5 cm
Price on request

Ombra an la cendra III

Francesca Martí

1997
Natural pigments, oil paint burnt on paper in a perspex box
127.5 x 45 x 3.5 cm
Price on request

Ombra an la cendra IV

Francesca Martí

1997
Natural pigments, oil paint burnt on paper in a perspex box
127.5 x 45 x 3.5 cm
Price on request

Ombra an la cendra V

Francesca Martí

1997
Natural pigments, oil paint burnt on paper in a perspex box
127.5 x 45 x 3.5 cm
Price on request

Ombra an la cendra VI

Francesca Martí

1997
Natural pigments, oil paint burnt on paper in a perspex box
127.5 x 45 x 3.5 cm
Price on request

Ombra an la cendra VII

Francesca Martí

1997
Natural pigments, oil paint burnt on paper in a perspex box
127.5 x 45 x 3.5 cm
Price on request

Ombra an la cendra VIII

Francesca Martí

1997
Natural pigments, oil paint burnt on paper in a perspex box
127.5 x 45 x 3.5 cm
Price on request

Ombra an la cendra IX

Francesca Martí

1997
Natural pigments, oil paint burnt on paper in a perspex box
127.5 x 45 x 3.5 cm
Price on request

Ombra an la cendra X

Francesca Martí

1997
Natural pigments, oil paint burnt on paper in a perspex box
127.5 x 45 x 3.5 cm
Price on request

Ombra an la cendra XI

Francesca Martí

1997
Natural pigments, oil paint burnt on paper in a perspex box
127.5 x 45 x 3.5 cm
Price on request

Maat

Francesca Martí

2019
Cast and mirror polished aluminium, automotive laquer
36 x 56 x 50 cm
Price on request

Nimubs

Francesca Martí

2019
Polished aluminium and coloured automotive laquer
150 x 90 x 40 cm
Price on request
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