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Watchlist Artist: Melvin Martinez

David Castillo Gallery is proud to present All Inclusive!, a solo show by Melvin Martinez.

Martinez paints with oil, acrylic, silk flowers, plastic gemstones, glitter, yarn, and the detritus of a post-apocalyptic Hobby Lobby. The artist applies swatches of glossy magazines with the torque of a pallet knife. He layers paint like fondant until it catches pompons. Martinez interrogates the rhetoric of painting. In turn, the artist interrogates that of sculpture, collage, performance, and decoration.

In the tradition of Jackson Pollock's action paintings or Rosemarie Trockel's machine knitted canvases, the works in All Inclusive! vibrate on the meniscus of knowability, threatening to dissolve into process and materiality. El Jardincito is the site of a spirited cross-section of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Sugar Painting evokes the confectionary pallet of an ice cream parlor or the eerie allure of an algae bloom. The large-scale Macrame Serie Entramados seduces the viewer with its rich texture or imminent spider.

(text source: David Castillo Gallery)

Melvin Martinez, El Jardincito, 2013, mixed media on canvas and wood, 44 x 36 inches; Courtesy David Castillo Gallery


More on Melvin Martinez (b. 1976, san juan, puerto rico)

Melvin Martinez makes paintings that bring affect to the brink of autopoiesis. In a deluge of color and application that vibrates as if sonic, his works occupy oil, acrylic, glitter, confetti and decorative craft materials beyond ontological loyalties. The paintings renegotiate Martinez's debt to the optics of Pointillism, anarchy of Abstract Expressionism, resplendence of color field painting or embodied summons of gestural abstraction. They are free agents across time and consequence, expanding a living art ecology rather than terminated art histories. Martinez negates indebtedness by reimagining the currency of creative capital.

(text source: David Castillo Gallery)

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(Image on top: Melvin Martinez, Macrame, 2013, Mixed media on canvas and wood, 44 x 36 inches; Courtesy David Castillo Gallery)

Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 11/1/13

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