Martina Nehrling
The Watershed Project
Let's collaborate, I want to give you my artwork!

Soak. Stroke. Scratch., Melanee Cooper Gallery, Chicago 2019
GIFC, an ongoing internationally traveling exhibition project by o-o LA founders, Chris Rexroad and Charlie Roberts, hosted by various galleries
Saudade, Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York 2018, noted on
Over & Over, Columbia College, Chicago 2018
•Read interviews at, The Art of Improv, and In Conversation with Martina Nehrling

Seduced by the formal complexity of color, I revel in its emotive slipperiness and enjoy mining its controversial decorativeness. The inextricability of these aspects unique to color continually spurs my engagement. Tuned to the vivid and continuous absurd disparities of daily life, I weave visual rhythms—resonant, discordant, muscular, mellifluous—in patterns akin to currents and eddies, note taking, list making, pixilation and mapping. I use multiple distinct brushstrokes for their staccato quality and graphic directness, and employ highly saturated chroma for its insistence, its unapologetic hysteria, its mirth and its madness. With this tensile language I explore what it means to be here, musing or ranting in lush celebration, high-pitched lament, or raucous rebellion.

I am a Chicago-based artist whose work is exhibited internationally and part of many public and private collections. I received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and an MFA from the University of Chicago. I have taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Lake Forest College, and for the Associated Colleges of the Midwest Chicago Arts Program. I have been awarded grants by the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the Illinois Arts Council, and have presented my work at the Art Institute of Chicago Artists Connect Lecture Series. Kingston, New York and my home town of Indianapolis, Indiana feature my work in their city public art installations. I am represented by Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in New York.

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