Eddie Martinez


Loyal Gallery is presenting fifteen new paintings by Eddie Martinez in his third solo show with the gallery. Martinez attempts to capture the chaotic nature of life in his paintings, both formally and conceptually. The artist uses the mutability of his medium to add and subtract layers of paint and to create constant movement across the canvas. His bold and sometimes aggressive approach to the imagery gives the work a fresh and raw quality. The longer the viewer studies the painting, the more recognizable the plethora of cultural references become. Martinez revisits certain motifs as well, such as block headed monolithic figures. He is constantly drawing which results in an incessant stream of new imagery, pulling inspiration from daily life, conversations, and his own thoughts and ideas.

Martinez currently lives and works in Brooklyn and his recent exhibition at ZieherSmith in New York was met with wide acclaim. He has previously exhibited at Deitch Projects in New York and Peres Projects in Berlin. This solo exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue that includes essays by Brian Belott and Stefan Simchowitz and will be on view until July 6, 2008.