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PRINT January 2001

David Rimanelli

I FIRST ENCOUNTERED DARIA MARTIN’S ART IN A group exhibition at the Works on Paper gallery in Los Angeles. She was showing pencil and watercolor drawings, but I found out that she was also doing videos, about which there was a very favorable “buzz.” At the time, Martin was completing the MFA program at UCLA, where she had studied with Lari Pittman and Charles Ray, among others. (Ray in fact lent her the camera for her first film, In the Palace, 2000, which she exhibited for the MFA show and at the Analix Forever gallery in Switzerland.) I was curating a group exhibition, “Sentimental Education,” for Deitch Projects in New York, and as soon as I got a look at Martin’s video and film work, I knew she was indeed a must.

In this era of omnipresent digital technology, special effects don’t seem that special anymore. As if in response to the mundane extraordinary, Martin makes good use of the

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