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Be Cool – Permission to make Useless Art – Martha Rich

by Zoot Rollo

November 25, 2015

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Martha Rich, Philadelphia Painting, Be Cool

We don’t know anything much about Martha Rich, but she says something we really like,

“I am giving myself permission to make useless art, and by useless I mean driven by impracticality, that is informed by moments quietly noticed and not by what is shouted. What is noticed now has been built upon what was noticed before, creating a chain reaction that forms a diagram or conversation about something bigger, insignificant moments that accumulate and become something significant.” (Quote from her Artist Statement at Cargo Collective

Martha Rich, Philadelphia Painting, Be Cool

Martha Rich, Philadelphia

The work reminds us of the Bahamian artist Amos Ferguson, a similar sensibility, the use of simple material as a canvas, and the wry look at the world.

Amos Ferguson Painting Bahamas MAMA

Amos Ferguson Painting

You can find more about Martha Rich at Cargo Collective

and she has a great looking Gallery/Sale site at Big Cartel

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