September 6, 2014 • Bojan Maric
The beauty of urban art is reflected, among other things, in the specific individual characteristics of artists, those who are destined to be contemporary drifters, people who belong to the world. It can be said that the identity of a contemporary artist is always of a nomadic nature. The nomad we are talking about here says that he gets into a shamanic state when painting and that sometimes he would grab just about anything what is next to him and use it. His name is Eddie Martinez…
This artist from Brooklyn, New York has been a part of many group and solo exhibitions in the course of the last decade, across Europe, Asia and the Americas. In 2007 he had received an award for best group show by the International Association of Art Critics (AICA). The language of his work is infused with influences of contemporary urban culture as well as the masters of modernity. Thus, his art resonates the actuality of a postmodern artist as well as the historical movements of the 20th century such as Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism and Neo-Expressionism. Martinez articulates the power of oil painting with infusions of spray paint, but also the debris of his working environment, such as paper towels, gum wrappers and baby wipes. Recently, the artist has embarked on a journey of investigating the potential of abstract sculpture. Being an inspirational urban artist, his rapport with the sculpture is echoed in the choosing of material. This includes the expression using metal scraps, cardboard, Styrofoam and rubber hoses… Surely, it will be exciting to see what has he prepared for the show at Kohn Gallery.
Soon to celebrate the three decades since establishment in 1985, this gallery represents a space devoted to understanding of a context with meaning. Thus, Kohn Gallery’s activity incorporates contemporary exhibitions and a nurture of an art historical continuum (for example, the gallery has hosted Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Boxes, in December 1986 weeks before the artist’s death). Recently, in May 2014, the gallery opened a ne 12,000 square foot space, which was designed by Malibu-based architect Lester Tobias. The gallery continues to collaborate with emerging artists, as well as established ones.
It seems that the notion of nomadism doesn’t refer solely to the artist recent body of work, but also represents a significant autobiographical connotation. Within the process of moving from one place to the other, Martinez has been creating “on the move.” However, the artist says that his work tends to resonate a specific connection he has with New York. Interestingly, Martinez has been influenced by the New York graffiti scene at an early age… During the period between September 12th and October 25th 2014, at Kohn Gallery, the work of Eddie Martinez will be on show as a part of a solo exhibition Nomader.