Martin Nelson (1989, Minneapolis, Minnesota, US) creates mixed media collages, paintings, drawings and sculptures. By parodying mass media, by exaggerating certain formal aspects inherent to our contemporary society, Martin makes works that can be seen as self-portraits. Sometimes they appear idiosyncratic and quirky, at other times, they seem typical by-products of American superabundance and marketing.
His mixed media artworks do not reference recognizable form. The results are deconstructed to the extent that meaning is shifted and possible interpretation becomes multifaceted. By applying abstraction, he creates intense personal moments masterfully created by means of rules and omissions, acceptance and refusal, luring the viewer round and round in circles.
His works are presented with the aim not to provide an idealistic view but to identify where light and the environment are important. The energy of a place and its emotional and spiritual vibrations are always important. By replaying the work for each exhibition and pushing the evocative power of the work a little further, he tries to focus on the activity of presenting. The character, shape or content of the presented artwork is secondary. The essential things are the momentary and the intention of presenting.
His works are saturated with obviousness, mental inertia, clichés and irony. They question the coerciveness that is derived from the more profound meaning and the superficial aesthetic appearance of an image. Martin currently lives and works in Brainerd, MN.