Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is pleased to announce Points of Entry, a solo exhibition of large-scale paintings and an audience interactive sculpture by MARTIN DURAZO, on view from January 5 through February 9, 2013. An artist's reception will take place on Saturday, January 12th, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Martin Durazo is the recipient of the 2012 C.O.L.A. Individual Artists Fellowship from the City of Los Angeles and a 2011 California Community Foundation Fellowship Award, funded by the Getty Trust. His work was included in the inaugural 2011 SUR Biennial and in 2010 he was Artist-in-Residence at the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica. In the last two years, he has also been featured in solo projects at NADA Hudson and PULSE LA, as well as in group exhibitions at the Torrance Art Museum and galleries and venues in Brussels, Miami, Los Angeles, Basel, Tokyo, and New York.
Martin Durazo's new paintings combine fluorescent colors--yellows, pinks, and reds--with bright metallic silvers, blacks, and iridescent blues and whites, creating a collision of atmospheric layers of abstraction, a palimpsest of social distortion shaped by intoxicating forces of club-lighting, punk and heavy metal music, narcotics, and extreme psycho and sexual behaviors. Employing broad gestural swipes and pools of color, the paintings distressed surfaces offer enigmatic associations to intense and aggressive environments, from graffitied walls and gay leather bars to mosh pits and S&M clubs, and more. Points of Entry is the synthesis of Durazo's varied influences--his ongoing exploration into fringe subcultures and the expression of personal fulfillment rooted in dangerous excesses.
The second gallery will present an audience-interactive room within a room, a bastardized version of a meditation room-cum-club complete with sound, lighting, reflective surfaces, and seating. The concept is tied to his previous ruminations exploring the symbiotic relationship between the sacred and the profane, the lurid and the spiritual, the taboo and the socially acceptable. In this new iteration, the large-scale paintings in the first gallery will intimate a temple-like environment that may provoke visitors to contemplate an inner calm in the face of a roller-coaster ride of wild existences and unguarded points of entry, real or imagined.
Martin Durazo holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles, and aBachelor of Arts degree in English and Art from Pitzer College. He has exhibited at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Mark Moore Gallery, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, CB1 Gallery, Torrance Art Museum, Pomona College Museum of Art, Harris Art Gallery at the University of LaVerne, as wellas White Box in New York City; Galería MDF, Mexico City; Gallery Lara, Tokyo; ArtForum Berlin and Art Basel Miami Beach. His work has been written about in Flash Art International, the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, LA Weekly, Art Ltd, Artweek, and Art Review.