Photo: Martyn Cross in Bristol, South West

Martyn Cross

Artist, Curator, Writer

Martyn Cross presents us with a disturbing and weird world, one where joy and innocence appear infected with dark thoughts and actions. Often using the covers of found knitting patterns as his canvas, brightly coloured images of happiness and comfort are disfigured and despoiled so that their subjects find their newly knitted garments covered in various bodily excretions or the idyllic backdrops they depict become potential scenes of death and violence. When exhibiting, Cross tends to show clusters of individual works together, adding to a growing cavalcade of transgression as he does so. However, not all is as dark as it first appears. Cross is involved in an examination of our quest to make sense of our existence and the desire to transcend the mundanity of our everyday lives. His subjects take on an almost mythical persona, inhabiting parallel worlds, ones that do not adhere to the same social order as our own. They are there to act out our most primal and private urges, so we don't have to - or take the consequences - ourselves. Each image functions as a votive offering to appease the 'gods' of our own shadowy inner selves. Paul Stone for 'Future50' 2008 read full statement

Location Bristol, South West
Activities Practice-based research, Critical writing, Creative writing, Curating, Collecting
Artforms / type of project Drawing, Installation, Mixed Media, Painting, Unclassified
Tags Painting, Vandalising, Outsider, Methodical, Uncanny

News & Events

  • Sweat Lodge

    11/07/2014 – 27/07/2014
    Test Space, Spike Island, Bristol

    A three person exhibition with Zanne Andrea and Brendan Lancaster exploring the processes behind artistic practice and the primal urge to communicate something, but without really knowing what to say.

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