Conceptual art in a city full of narcissists

INTERSECTION LEAD
April 3, 2014

Art by Martin Gantman, text By Ryan Gierach, West Hollywood, California

What is common on the streets of the Creative City is a heightened level of narcissism, as anyone who has watched pedestrians strolling past windows while gazing at their reflections and not the street action, can tell you.

Conceptual artist Martin Gantman is fairly unique among WeHo residents not only because he is a working artist, but could be the ONLY artist in West Hollywood to be working in the realm of conceptual art, in which the medium is less meaningful than the concepts the presentation evokes from the experience of “consuming” the art.

In other words, to flip Billy Crystal’s shtick on Saturday Night Live as Fernando, the “you look marvelous” guy who gently teased Ricardo Montalban, Mr. Gantman thinks that “how you feel (upon experiencing his artwork) is more important than how it looks.”

In the past, we have featured his series on Democraczy and his gallery showing of Empire, among other things. For more published about Mr. Gantman through the years by WeHo News, simply use the search function you’ll find at several places on each page.

Now, on to Mr. Gantman’s new series of photographic works, “Intersections,” which features the street crossings of Hollywood…

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WeHo City Hall. By Martin Gantman.

WeHo City Hall. By Martin Gantman.

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West Hollywood's Rosewood Elementary School Photos by Martin Gantman.

West Hollywood’s Rosewood Elementary School Photos by Martin Gantman

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The world renowned Louis Stern building. Photos by Martin Gantman.

The world renowned Louis Stern building. Photos by Martin Gantman.

 

 

 

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And who has not heard of the Whisky-A-Go-Go on the world famous Sunset Strip? Photo by Martin Gantman.

And who has not heard of the Whisky-A-Go-Go on the world famous Sunset Strip? Photo by Martin Gantman.

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Not far from City Hall is a residential area. What a difference a couple blocks can make. Photos by Martin Gantman.

Not far from City Hall is a residential area. What a difference a couple blocks can make. Photos by Martin Gantman.