Thursday, March 23, 2017 - Sunday, April 16, 2017
Patrick Martinez: Po-lice
March 23 - April 16 in the Weingart Gallery.
The public is invited to an opening reception in Weingart Gallery on Thursday, March 23 from 5pm to 8pm.
Patrick Martinez chose to turn to his own artistic dash cam to focus on the never-ending reports of police brutality that have come to light over the past few years. Taking on the ultra-American Pee Chee folders, Martinez replaces typical American imagery with illustrations that accurately depict the deathly racial situation coming to light in America right now: police brutality and misconduct. "The original Pee Chee folders had a theme of youth and sports," says Martinez. "I'm switching that all-American sports scene with real situations."
"I'm taking these situations of police misconduct and placing them in the context of a sort of an 'All-American' setting," says Martinez. "I want viewers to see these horrific injustices from another angle and show that this is affecting our youth. If the youth is our future, then we are fucking up our tomorrow."
The signature neon work in the exhibition speaks to store front neon signage found across America at liquor stores, markets and bodegas. Martinez remixes the messaging to speak on heavy topics such as equality, immigration and refugee displacement.
This exhibition is made possible with generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
About the Artist:
Patrick Martinez is a son of Los Angeles. His diverse cultural background (Filipino, Mexican, and Native American) provides him a unique lens through which to view and interpret his surroundings. Influenced by the Hip Hop movement, Martinez's work leverages the signage, language, and surfaces that underpin visual life in Los Angeles. His work frequently reflects subtexts of power and inequality he observes in culture and in life. All Season Portfolio will be a cross-media platform, including new pieces from Martinez's Pee Chee series of paintings and drawings that memorialize victims of police brutality, new neon text sculptures that reference Hip Hop lyrics and LA vernacular signage, and new mixed media stucco paintings, all made in response to this contemporary American moment. In tones ranging from elegiac to defiant, and using visual strategies that eliminate distance between work and viewer, Martinez offers a vigorous, deeply felt response to the clamor and unease of life in Los Angeles, California, USA, 2017.
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