Chris Martin on Privacy and Creativity in the Practice of Visual Art - Ep 20

Privacy is the New Celebrity

Mar 10 2022 • 40 mins

In this episode, Josh interviews Chris Martin, a multidisciplinary artist based in Oakland, California, who explores the African Diaspora through subjects like religion, captivity, and freedom. Chris recently celebrated his inaugural solo exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art, San Francisco, which is on view from January 22 to May 1, 2022. Chris describes the inspiration for his art practice and Josh asks how privacy plays a role in his creative process. Chris is also a tattoo artist whose style blends traditional African American iconography with American traditional tattooing, an art practice with roots in San Francisco. Chris  describes the powerful intimacy generated by the one-on-one dynamic shared between tattoo artist and subject, and how this experience influences his views on personal privacy.