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Peres Projects is pleased to present Seek er\, a solo exhibition of new paintings by the American artist Eddie Ma rtinez.

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Seeker is a body of work which consi sts of nine paintings. The paintings display Martinezʼs recognizable combin ation of virtuoso brushwork\, which sings like his drawings\, alongside hea vily worked passages of dense color.

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Itʼs easy to i magine Martinez standing with his nose nearly pressed into the wet canvas\, craning his tall frame in order to examine an area where thick paint curls like breaking surf. We can imagine him deciding to act\, and dragging a th ick wet brush into more fresh paint with a decisive gesture. In that way hi s paintings evoke the memory of a host of heroic painters\, and like those heroic modernists associated with the early to mid-twentieth century\, Mart inez uses his canvases to make paintings which flirt with abstraction\, but keep one foot planted in the referential.

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Martinez ʼs work is both less serious and more serious than his forebears. The less seriousness mirrors the central turn in philosophy and art over the past si xty years\, which has been the cementing of the unconscious into every face t of human activity. The paintings are more serious in the sense that\, onc e the subject is decentered\, the topic shifts from the individual towards relationships and communication. Youʼll notice that the figures in Martinez ʼs paintings arenʼt isolated. They are either in relationship to one anothe r\, or looking pointedly out at you\, or in the case of Sun Setter\, delibe rately looking away.

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In a world that loves to talk about the death of painting\, Martinez offers optimism to lovers of painting. Martinezʼs pa intings have their own internal logic\, and the startling clarity of his vi sion creates a testimony regarding the way he sees the world. In the same w ay that the works of Van Gogh or de Kooning evoke worlds and change the way we see\, by meeting our world and leaving a trace left behind\, Martinez a lso discloses a world. His work holds the potential for historical continui ty with earlier traditions\, while breaking from their fallacies and charti ng new territory.

DTEND:20111217 DTSTAMP:20140722T091920 DTSTART:20111111 GEO:52.5172369;13.4389213 LOCATION:Peres Projects\,Karl-Marx-Allee 82 \nBerlin\, 10243 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY: Seeker \, Eddie Martinez UID:186659 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20111111T220000 DTSTAMP:20140722T091920 DTSTART:20111111T190000 GEO:52.5172369;13.4389213 LOCATION:Peres Projects\,Karl-Marx-Allee 82 \nBerlin\, 10243 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY: Seeker \, Eddie Martinez UID:186660 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR