Martin Camarata

Photo of art

A State of Emergency

  • September 18-October 9, 2003
  • Opening reception September 18, 6:30 pm
  • Artist Talk in the gallery at 7:00 pm

In this recent body of work, Martin Camarata has turned his imagination toward the computer as analogous to the sandbox/studio of the mind. Camarata’s new digital images continue his investigations into basic Existential questions. In them lies a compulsion toward the creation of visual images: a celebration of the endless possibilities of textures, colors, patterns and combinations of imagery generated by digital manipulation approached in traditional, painterly ways. By questioning the existence of self and consciousness, and the sacredness of the studio space, Camarata’s psycho-narrative digital images ponder the universal questions: “Where do I come from? …Who am I? … Where am I going?” in poignant, humorous and disturbing ways.

Martin Camarata has been both a Professor of Printmaking and a Chair of the Art Department at California State University, Stanislaus for 37 years. He earned his Masters in Art from New York University in 1957, and attended Albright Art School, Buffalo, NY and the University of Rochester, Memorial Art Gallery School, NY. Camarata has exhibited his work extensively nationally. Some of these include the École des Beaux Arts, Paris, France, The Philadelphia Museum and the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. His numerous awards and honors include a Fulbright Grant in Painting and Printmaking, Rome, Italy, and the Lily Foundation Summer Grant from Stanford University. His works are in numerous public and private collections in the United States, Europe and South America, including the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, the Oakland Museum of Art, the World Print Collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Museo Belles Artes, Caracas, Venezuela.