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Cycles and Stages: Stephen V Martonis

Exhibition Dates: 5 October 2012–29 November 2012 (regular hours)

Artist Reception: Friday, 19 October 2012, 6–9 pm

Gallery Talk for Denver Arts Week: Saturday, 3 November 2012, 2 pm


Stephen V Martonis blends natural and technological materials in reaction to perceived patterns in the natural world. He questions whether mathematical and scientific laws are governing principles for understanding life or causative elements that lead to deceptive readings by the human brain in attempts to define chaos. One of the oldest insects on the planet utilized prime numbers long before humans did. Selective breeding has led to the domesticated silkworm being unable to fly or survive without human care. By carefully selecting material as metaphor, Martonis creates a narrative about the human condition and how it relates to the natural world. It is a story woven from personal experiences and the detritus of his rural upbringing.

In Cycles and Stages, mother, father, son, and daughter become central representations upon which lie broader narratives of life and death, pattern and disorder, inner and outer. Bread dough becomes a metaphor for earth and nourishment. Silkworms were bred as symbols of fertility. Rusty barbed wire creates a wound, and beeswax becomes a balm. Through these careful material explorations, a larger environment is created, one that perhaps aids us in the never-ending discovery of our place in the world.

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About the Artist

Stephen V Martonis was raised in rural western New York in the village of Silver Creek. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting from the State University of New York at Fredonia and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture from West Virginia University. He currently resides in Longmont, Colorado, where he is the Exhibitions Manager for the CU Art Museum and a Lecturer in the Department of Art & Art History at the University of Colorado Boulder. He continues to exhibit nationally as part of his exploration of the creative process.


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