N. Skreko Martin's most recent commission STARGATE was installed at Queen's Square, Yokohama, Japan, a live/work/transportation/cultural complex that is part of the two trillion yen Minato Minai redevelopment project. Art coordination was by Fram Kitagawa of Artfront Gallery in Tokyo. Nine international sculptors were involved. STARGATE is shown in photos by Shigeo Anzai in Yokohama and in fabrication state at Chukar Inc in Phoenix, AZ.
Additional images depict NEO DECO GATE installed at the Tucson Convention Center and a proposal drawing for the Marley Building at the University of Arizona.
N. Skreko Martin's professional background includes being a scholarship student at the Art Institute of Chicago, study in sculpture at the University of Hartford under Wolfgang Biehl, a Masters degree from Bradley University and additional study with Peter Voulkos, Paul Soldner, Len Lye, Allan Kaprow and Judy Chicago and the core faculty of Feminist Studio Workshop in LA. Her work has been exhibited in galleries from coast to coast including the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Tucson Museum of Art, Bradley University and the Lakeview Center for the Arts and sciences in Peoria, IL. Corporate commissions and collections include the Hilton and Radisson Hotels, J D Searle Corporation, First National Bank of Tucson, Canyon Ranch, Peat Marwick and the Shorr Group in Chicago.
In 1989 N. Skreko Martin, as an invited artist in the 6th Henry Moore Grand Prize Exhibition at the Utsukushi-ga-hara Open Air Museum, Japan, received the Ueno Royal Museum Award. POWERGATE was placed in the permanent collection.
RELEVANT REVIEWS BY SIGNIFICANT ARTS ADMINISTRATORS
DAVID HOYT JOHNSON, DIRECTOR, PUBLIC ART PROGRAM, TUCSON-PIMA ARTS COUNCIL
"as a "public" artist, she has used images and implements from industry to create nonfunctional aesthetic forms that delight viewers of all ages.
Her work as a visual artist has evolved and matured in a visionary manner. Although she works in several media, her design vocabulary is consistent and engaging across media. She finds and extracts from quotidian experience forms of intrigue and beauty."
PETER BIRMINGHAM, DIRECTOR AND CHIEF CURATOR, UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA MUSEUM OF ART
"I have.seen her art evolve from nearly two-dimensional relief assemblages of fired clay tiles modeled with brooding life-like intensity. Eventually her sculpture became public scale but somehow just as private in feeling - although with a touch of style and humor added to the mix. Two of Martin's earlier sculptures in Tucson, done with pipes "discovered" in a California sewer pipe factory, certainly demonstrate her joy in discovery of new material as well as new ideas."
FRAM KITAGAWA, PRESIDENT, ARTFRONT GALLERY, TOKYO
"Martin's latest work in Japan, STARGATE, at Queen's Square, Yokohama.has an organic form and a sense of modernity and refreshing feeling in the usage of colors. It gives us soft and humorous impressions as a whole, and displays all the characteristics of her work. Martin can expand possibilities of whatever materials she works with, especially ceramics, in terms of its flexibility and sensitivity."
TAIZAN NAGAI, CURATOR AND DEPUTY DIRECTOR, THE UTSUKUSHI-GA-HARA OPEN AIR MUSEUM, NAGANO, JAPAN
"She builds bridges between East and West."
N. Skreko Martin's is currently researching the aesthetics of traditional agriculture for a new sculpture series.