Carolyn Jean Martin | At five in the afternoon
September 15th - October 16th

At five in the afternoon.
It was exactly five in the afternoon.
A boy brought the white sheet
at five in the afternoon.
A frail of lime ready prepared
at five in the afternoon.
The rest was death, and death alone.

             - Federico García Lorca, from Lament for Ignacio Sanchez Mejias

Interface Gallery is pleased to present Carolyn Jean Martin's At five in the afternoon, an installation powerfully evoking the ever-present specter of war and gun violence in American culture.

Consisting of a single painting made with ignited gun powder, toy soldiers and toy replicas of AK-47 and AR-15 rifles, the installation simultaneously suggests the looming shadow of our military industrial complex, incidents of gun violence taking place across the country, and the early indoctrination of American children into this violence.

Like the lines in Garcia Lorca’s poem, “at five in the afternoon, at five in the afternoon,” there is an unsettling mundanity accompanying the ongoing violence and death. Martin's installation is both a lament and a quiet meditation on the psychic impacts of this reality.
 

           

 

 

 

 

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

At five in the afternoon, 2016. Installation view.  

At five in the afternoon, 2016.
Installation view.

 

Untitled, 2016. Ignited gunpowder, gold leaf, acrylic copolymer, on panel. 9”x12”   

Untitled, 2016.
Ignited gunpowder, gold leaf, acrylic copolymer, on panel.
9”x12”   

Untitled, 2016. Ignited gunpowder, gold leaf, acrylic copolymer, on panel. 9”x12”   

Untitled, 2016.
Ignited gunpowder, gold leaf, acrylic copolymer, on panel.
9”x12”