Meyer, the director of children's education at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, filmed and photographed Martiny as he created two large pieces of contemporary art for the lobby of the One World Trade Center in New York City. The pieces are so large Martiny had to paint them in an area of the lobby temporarily blocked off from the public.
All of Meyer’s photo and video work was done on his own time, which he did through his Maxamillian Studio business after being hired by Martiny.
The two met when the Fort Wayne art museum hosted an exhibit of Martiny's work in summer 2014, Meyer said. Martiny, who was born in 1953 in Schenectady, N.Y., said his parents also have lived in Fort Wayne since his father’s job with General Electric brought them here about 30 years ago.
Meyer asked Martiny if he could record a video interview with him, which the Fort Wayne museum could use in conjunction with the exhibit of Martiny’s work.
“I’m a storyteller,” Meyer said. “That is my job at the museum: We research an artist and what they are trying to do through their work.”
The video generated a lot of interest on the Internet. Meyer, who describes Martiny’s art as fun and inspiring, later asked Martiny if he could expand on that original video by coming out to Martiny’s studio.
Martiny said he had just been commissioned to create two large pieces of art for the One World Trade Center lobby. He invited Meyer, who he said is very smart and asks great questions, to come there.
Beginning in late September, Meyer drove 10 hours there and 10 hours back twice while spending about 80 hours filming and photographing Martiny, who finished the paintings about Oct. 23.
While in New York, Meyer stayed with an aunt and her family.
“I got to eat dinner with them every night, and that was a gift in itself,” he said.
While working, Meyer said he felt the weight of telling Martiny’s story along with honoring those who lost their lives during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that toppled the original World Trade Center.
The video, "Donald Martiny: Artwork in Progress for the One World Trade Center," now shares the story of Martiny’s work on the website Vimeo, https://vimeo.com/145226611, and on the social media accounts of galleries that sell his work.
“He did a great job of telling the story,” Martiny said.
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* To watch Max Meyer’s video on artist Donald Martiny's work at One World Trade Center, go to https://vimeo.com/145226611.
* For more about Meyer's work, go to www.maxamillianstudio.com.