Martha Colburn: Cameras, Lights, Charge, Pop!

28 September - 25 November 2012
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Press release

Horton Gallery is proud to announce Martha Colburn’s, Camera, lights, charge, Pop! in the gallery’s new, expanded Lower East Side location at 55-59 Chrystie Street.


Marking the first time that her work has been seen in this capacity, the exhibition will feature an hour and a half program of about thirty manipulated found footage and stop animation films from the mid-1990s to the present as well as Polaroids and large-scale collages.


Martha Colburn is best known as a filmmaker, animator, and multimedia artist who employs a variety of techniques, including puppetry, collage, and paint-on-glass. In her pursuit to examine issues of history, politics, sexuality, consumerism, and popular culture, Colburn presents narratives propelled with frenetic urgency. As a notable musician, she has also released six records with Jason Willet as The Dramatics and collaborated with numerous musicians and artists, including Yamatsuka Eye and Jad Fair. Among her most recent projects are music videos for Deerhoof and They Might Be Giants as well as an animation for the feature film The Devil and Daniel Johnston.


Martha Colburn (b. 1971, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA) lives and works in Queens, New York and Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She earned a BA from the Maryland Institute College of Art (1994) and attended the Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten (2002). She has received awards from the New York Underground Film Festival (2003, 1999) and the Chicago Underground Film Festival (2002, 1999), and grants from the Rema Hort Mann Foundation (2007), New York Foundation for the Arts (2007), New York State Council for the Arts (2007), Jerome Foundation (2006), Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (2005), and the Dutch Film Fund (2004–05) and Fonds BKVB (The Netherlands Foundation for VisualArts, Design and Architecture (2012). Her work has been included in the exhibitions Dolls vs. Dictators, The Museum of the Moving Image, Queens (2011); Don’t kill the weather man!, Stadtmuseum, Jena, Germany (2010); The Dissolve, SITE Santa Fe Biennial (2010); Live Cinema/Histories in Motion, Philadelphia Museum of Art (2009); Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass,Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort, Netherlands (2009); Stages of Alarm, Frans Hals Museum De Hallen, Haarlem, Netherlands (2008); Meet Me in Wichita, The Kitchen, New York (2008); Terre d’accueil, terre d’exil, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2007); and the 2005 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2005). She has performed at the MAXXI Museum, Rome (2011), New Museum, New York (2010); ISSUE Project Room, Brooklyn (2010); SFMoMA, San Francisco (2009); Artists Space, New York (2009); and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit (2008). Her films have screened at Anthology Film Archives, New York (2011, 2009) and the Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah (2009, 2007, 2003, 2000), among other film festivals worldwide. She was recently profiled in three short films on Art 21’s “New York Close Up.”