Layering elements of drawing, sculpture and music, Martorell’s exhibition, Musique Povera, features a number of hand-made musical instruments built from found objects including discarded tins, plant matter, rocks, glass, an old wooden crutch and a toy plastic parrot. He will display these musical sculptures next to a series of drawings on plywood that function as musical compositions.
A practicing artist and musician, Martorell’s show reflects his interrelated interest in visual art and twentieth-century music. As the name of the exhibition implies, Music Povera acknowledges two European movements: French Music Concrete and Italian Art Povera, mixing humble materials with non-musical sounds. Evidently, the work also references South East Asian and African music and culture.
“Martorell’s curious ensemble of sound-making objects makes a striking sculptural environment resembling the types of display one might see in an ethnographic museum,” comments Heide curator Sue Cramer. Not surprisingly, Martorell is interested in the music diaspora where musical themes develop within their environment.