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Unveiled at the Creative Alliance

2018 January 9
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by Sebastian
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Unseen – 2017 – Montclair Danby marble – 30 x 16 x 4 in.


Creative Alliance

3134 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, Maryland 21224

On View: JAN 27 – MAR 3
Reception: SAT JAN 27 | 6PM-8PM
Gallery Talk: SAT FEB 10 | 4PM

Featuring:
Mequitta Ahuja, Milana Braslavsky, and Sebastian Martorana

In Unveiled, each artist lifts the veil of history to reveal and update the machinations of portraiture, still lifes, and memorials, respectively. Connected to one another through their contemporary re-examination of traditional artistic languages, the artwork uniquely reveals captivating spins on the context of tradition.

 

 

St Patricks Cathedral Carving

2017 December 12
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by Sebastian

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This commemorative panel for St Patricks Cathedral in New York City had 816 letters–all palladium leafed– the most I’ve ever carved in a single panel. Even my wife and our newest child got in on the gilding. I’m still a bit tired . . . Click the images below to see more progress shots. 

Renwick Gallery Connections Video

2017 June 21
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by Sebastian

This video was produced with the help of Alain Hain for Connections, the re-installation of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery. I was asked to select a work from the collections and speak about how I felt it connected to my own.

I chose Kathryn Clark’s Foreclosure Quilt.

Coincidentally, Kathryn Clark chose to speak about my work, Impressions, in her video:

 

Unseen

2017 May 31
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by Sebastian
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Unseen – 2017 – Montclair Danby marble – 30 x 16 x 4 in.

“Unseen” began as a reflection on the amount of artwork that is produced but never seen.

How many people actually “see” artwork? Most people that “see” artwork actually haven’t. They have seen pixels. Fewer people have actually seen my artwork in person than have experienced it in the form of curated photos posted via the internet on screens no bigger than their fists.

Going further—how much of my “work” have people really seen? Do they see each hour spend spilling specks of marble on the shop floor? Do they see the chisels sharpened or unique files made? Do they see the years of training that allowed me to attempt each piece in the first place?

Further—apply that to all products. We see the result, but not the process. How much labor went into the design and fabrication of even just the protective cases that surround our cell phones? Do we think about the loom that wove our clothing? or its operator?

The texture of the cloth in Unseen is based on my examination of the simplest of fabrics—flour sack dish clothes (my wife and I use a collection in our kitchen, hand stitched and embroidered by her grandmother, from actual flour sacks). The sculpture has the peaks and valleys of the fine warp and weft threads. However, only with focused, directional light they are revealed. This is true of nearly anything in life—it can been seen clearly if one views it in the proper light.


photography: Geoff T. Graham

Latent

2017 February 22
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by Sebastian
Latent 2017 4 x 16 x16 in.

Latent – 2017 – Montclair Danby marble – 4 x 16 x 16 in. – Private Collection

Often, the most exciting pieces I make happen when collectors say: “What do you really want to do next?”

This can be intimidating since you are being put on the spot and there is pressure to have an idea immediately. Luckily for me, my work takes so long that I will literally never catch up with the running and ever changing list of potential artworks in my head. Also, one of my favorite things about visual art is that it speaks without words, however sometimes you do need to be able to articulate an idea before actually making it. In this case I was very fortunate that they were interested in seeing my vision. Thanks, T & L.


photography: Geoff T. Graham

Doggie Drapery Diptych

2016 November 26
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by Sebastian
Doggie Drapery Diptych - 2016 - Carrara marble - 14 x 24 x 4 in. - Private Collection

Doggy Drapery Diptych – 2016 – Carrara marble – 14 x 24 x 4 in. – Private Collection

A really fun commission for a lovely couple with great love for art and pugs. Look closely–they’re there!


photography: Geoff T. Graham

Fine Art Connoisseur: Deceits That Delight

2016 October 8
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by Sebastian


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Marble sculpture, Yours, Mine & Ours featured in and article about troupe l’oeil by Max Gillies.

Glove: Leather

2016 August 14
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by Sebastian

The only non-marble member of the Work Glove collection:

Glove: Leather Indiana Limestone 4 x 12 x 8 in.

Glove: Leather
Indiana Limestone
4 x 12 x 8 in.

Skilled Artisans: A feature for Alaskan Air’s in flight magazine

2016 July 8
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by Sebastian

Page 73, Skilled Artisans, for Beyond by Lora Shinn

Yep!  I & my stones are officially part of an in flight magazine. So if you find yourself traveling from Seattle to Juno with a dead iPhone– have look at Beyond, the Alaska Airlines Magazine!
Sebastian Martorana straddles the line between art and craft, utility and beauty. At age 21 he apprenticed with a company outside of in Washington, D.C., as an undergraduate student, under the lead of Tim Johnston. In addition to learning to carve, he polished stone, made granite counter tops, benches and bathtub surrounds . . . read more [see page 73].

This Is Not a Jacket

2016 February 24
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by Sebastian

It’s not . . .

This Is Not a Jacket 2016 Montclair Danby marble  33 x 15 x 4 in. Private collection

 

This Is Not a Jacket
2016
Montclair Danby marble
33 x 15 x 4 in.
Private collection