With so many variations of landscape painting created over several hundred years there remain fewer and fewer stones left to overturn. What Martin Weinstein has done with this most ubiquitous type is quite genius. By breaking his compositions down to three or four floating layers of painted elements, surfaces that can span days, months and even years, Weinstein has brought in a very specific sense of time. Visually speaking, by overlapping layers of clear, frosted acrylic to paint upon, Weinstein can stretch the visual elements not just in time but in space, so a work will read differently in its level of abstraction from angle to angle and moment to moment. These shifting visual transitions are key to understanding the artist’s work and how he uniquely references the land around him through a distinctive and varied filter. Each edge of a flower petal, every cluster or windswept leaf and each ray of sunlight can be elements that both blend and stand apart as nature observed travels through the air like a refreshing breeze or a sudden apparition. In a way, this is more of how we actually see the world around us, how we focus and process information and how we judge perspective in movement from detail to detail and site to site.
Third Annual Kingston Design Connection Show House
curated by Jen Dragon, Cross Contemporary Partners
Architectural Digest, Dec 2020 https://bit.ly/ccpkdc2020ad