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June Mattingly // contributing art writer

Christopher lee Martin’s
“Megacities”
at Haley-Henman Gallery
through November 27

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regional artists and is known for hosting live conversations between the artists
and their followers on a regular basis. Located in the on-the-rise Fort Worth
Avenue Development District, it is not far from downtown Dallas (right across
the Commerce Street Bridge), Dragon Street Galleries and Dallas Contemporary.
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“Megacities” is the title of Dallasite Christopher Lee Martin’s first show at this gallery.
Cities of a mega size are metropolises; cities with populations over ten million fit the
new nomenclature of megacity. Christopher graduated from Pratt Institute in New
York, a mega city right there with a BFA in 2003 and is 32.
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Christopher’s biographical profile helps to appreciate the years of focused study and
creative drive required to work in lenticular media. Starting in the third grade he was
exposed to art in private lessons. In arts magnet middle and upper schools in South
Miami he learned the basics in Fine Arts and to express himself visually while inspired
by Picasso and Van Gogh. After three years of computer graphics in his senior year he
switched to commercial art. Computer as an art tool became a new experience but
he continued to paint for the “inner freedom with the tactility of the manual medium.”
At Pratt he pushed his work in new directions which gave rise to light refraction
photography, digital art and video or media art as a tool for him. Christopher’s
conceptual fascination with the perception of the nature of color and its relationship
to light is the reason the lenticular printing process’s ability to produce strong
interaction between patterns, lights, color and movement on a flat surface
three dimensionally fascinates him. By articulating similar patterns and
relationships the visual energy of the megacity is captured, and the cosmos comes
to earth in windows of an ever-changing landscape in a micro/macro abstract
context. Magically aesthetic art and technology work in perfect harmony.  

To Christopher the positives of “Megacities” are being a part of a dense community
for opportunity for personal growth; also multicultural communities established by
mass migrations give these urban centers rich diversity. Negatively of course are
problems of overpopulation with corresponding pollution, crime and homelessness. 

“Megacity II” 2010, digital lenticular  print, 30 x 40 inches, series of 3
Megacity VI, 2010, digital lenticular  print, 30 x 40 inches,
Megacity VIII, 2010, digital lenticular  print, 30 x 40 inches,
Haley-Henman Gallery
2335 Hardwick Street
Dallas, TX 75208-2013
214.749.1277
www.haleyhenman.com