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“Pliant” David Martinello @ Studio 531 Architects

David Martinello
Maple and painted spruce
104” x 37” x 41”

Studio 531 Architects Satellite Gallery
546 Herald Street
Viewable 24/7 from street

Pliant draws upon wood’s expressive attributes in conjunction with the particulars of the window gallery at Studio 531 Architects to flex between organic and geometric lines. Shaped by wood’s gestures the sculpture invites viewers to consider how wood’s essence is crafted into the framework of our buildings. This inspires narratives for all materials and has Pliant use its form to have the space respond to it.

David Martinello is a multidisciplinary artist who investigates the characteristics of wood. His work is motivated by the development of techniques as a way to celebrate wood’s influence and muse with its agency. Martinello ventures to activate the legacy of wood so that its tactility can behave as a tool for contemplation, a way to identify with the environment and materiality of all things. 

Martinello’s practice is informed by a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Queen’s University and years building furniture with his company Alternative Woodworks. Martinello has curated several shows in BC, owned a gallery and his art has been shown across Canada with a sculpture permanently displayed at the Cowichan Community Centre.