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Martha Tuttle: “Oracles” at Luce Gallery, Turin

“Divided Substance (3),” 2018, by Martha Tuttle (1989, Santa Fé), Wool, silk, pigment, stone, cast steel, 75.5 x 64.1 cm (29.7 x 25.2 inches), Photo: Gianni Oliva, Luce Gallery
(Courtesy: Artist & Luce Gallery)

Artist Martha Tuttle doesn’t just create with her materials, she creates the materials herself, wherever possible. Luce Gallery showcases a collection of deeply personal works in which Tuttle tries to weave herself into every element. On view at the gallery’s Turin venue, “Oracles” marks the artist’s solo European debut and runs through July 14, 2018.

Martha Tuttle, a young American artist, works with wool, silk, metal, and dye as she is interested in the fluidity of these materials. The wool in her pieces is handspun so that touch, labor, and the imprint of her body become present in the works. Tuttle believes that the time she spends with the materials with which she produces her works gives them an added value and therefore she wants to personally follow them from raw material to artistic material.

“This exhibition includes both stretched and un-stretched works, all walking the line between painting and textile. I see the relationship between my stretched and free-hanging works as similar to how I understand stillness against motion, silence next to sound. Separate entities, yet capable of forming a rhythm (relationship) when sharing space. ‘Oracles’ also includes a multipiece installation of stones, some gathered, some cast from steel. At its core, my practice is rooted in exploring transformation — how fostering attention to shift can be not only a creative practice, but also a spiritual, even a devotional one,” says the the artist.

Born in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1989, Martha Tuttle graduated from Bard College in 2011 and got her master's degree from the Yale School of Art in 2015. She is currently completing a residency at the Sharpe — Walentas Studio Program in Brooklyn, NY, and has led residencies at the UCross Foundation in Clearmont, WY, AZ West in JoshuaTree, CA, the New Mexico School of Poetics in Ojo Caliente, NM, and Grin City Collective in Grinnell, Iowa. In 2014, Martha received the Josef Albers Foundation Traveling Fellowship as well as the Donald C. Gallup Research Fellowship from The Beinecke Rare Books and Manuscripts Library, Yale University. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

 “Oracles” is on view through July 14, 2018 at Luce Gallery, Largo Montebello, 40- 10124 Turin, Italy.

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Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.              

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