The subject matter includes objects, bodies and places that are based on reality, yet exaggerated, re-contextualized, simplified or flattened. The paintings in Flatlands invite the viewer to reflect on the polarity and ambivalence of contemporary life, the uncertainty of our sociopolitical moment and the seductive quality of consumerism and physical attraction.
Orion was born in Sonoma, California and after leaving ArtQuest at SRHS, earned his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Solo exhibitions include Favorite Goods (Los Angeles) and Important Projects (Oakland) and group exhibitions at Secret Recipe (Los Angeles); Human Resources (Los Angeles); Manifest Exhibitions (Chicago); Horton Gallery (Berlin) and Bodega Gallery (Philadelphia). He lives and works in Los Angeles.
Photo above is Orion Martin’s Bakers Steak ( oil on canvas, 51 ó x 35 ó in.) and was featured as the signature image on the website for the “Flatlands” exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Click here for a link to the exhibit