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Sunjung Kim’s Real DMZ Project Interrogates the North and South Korea Divide Ocula Conversation Sunjung Kim’s Real DMZ Project Interrogates the North and South Korea Divide

Ongoing since 2012, the Real DMZ Project interrogates the demilitarised zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea through annual, research-based exhibitions that bring together the works of Korean and international artists. Sunjung Kim, the independent curator behind the project, conceived the idea of exploring the DMZ while curating Japanese artist...

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Sydney Lowdown: Exhibitions to See Ocula Report Sydney Lowdown: Exhibitions to See 6 Sep 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The fifth edition of Sydney Contemporary will take place once again at Carriageworks between 12 and 15 September 2019, with Spring 1883 bringing together a cohort of 27 galleries from across Australia and the region to inhabit rooms at the Establishment Hotel from 11 to 14 September 2019, uniquely presenting contemporary works propped up on...

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Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum Ocula Insight | Video Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum 16 August 2019

Mark Bradford walks through Mark Bradford: Los Angeles Mark Bradford: Los Angeles at the Long Museum West Bund in Shanghai (27 July–13 October 2019) is the artist's largest solo exhibition to date in China. In this video for Ocula, Bradford and Diana Nawi, curator of the show, walk through selected works that convey the artist's concerns with...

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Eddie Martinez

b. 1977, USA

Interested in painting from a young age, American artist Eddie Martinez never completed any formal art education, starting and leaving two different art schools in Boston. He is largely self-taught, and his working style and choice of subject matter was influenced by the urban culture and iconography he grew up surrounded by. 

Martinez is recognised for his bold line and handling of colour. Even without the benefit of a formal art education, he has managed to develop a mature style, drawing from well-established classical conventions of portraiture, still life and allegorical narratives, filtering it all through coarse brushwork. His gestural blocks of colour and strong lines recall the concerns and forms of semi-abstraction, yet they contain distinct figurative elements and a sense of personal iconography. He combines oil, enamel, acrylic and spray paint with marker, pencil and collage (usually on canvas) to create a variety of textural and colour contrasts—aggressive and full of energy. 

Late critic Glenn O'Brien described Martinez’s work as being all ‘about colour and what it means’, and this sentiment can be seen in his Mandala #4 (Open Night) (2016)—where bold colours and shapes jostle with each another as though fighting to remain in formation—and in Lip Service (2015), where bright forms emerge sparingly from the heavily textured background. These textured scribbles and slashes of white on white seem to hint at other colours lurking beneath the surface or about to be liberated from the canvas. Delicate strokes of pencil highlight the thickness of the paint and hint at hidden depths. 

Martinez has referred to his process as that of boxing: approaching the canvas like his opponent, stepping forward to make contact with the canvas and then stepping back to regroup before he connects again. Making sketches in spray paint, adding lines and blocks and colours, he works rapidly: a demonstration of the anxiety he harnesses for his creativity. The speed and the aggression with which he seems to attack each painting is seen in every brushmark and brings to the surface a material coarseness. He has constructed a bridge between the aesthetic and cultural appeal of street art and the concepts and dialect of art history. 

Amy Millar | Ocula | 2017
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Featured Artworks

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Whoa, that came up out of everywhere by Eddie Martinez contemporary artwork
Eddie MartinezWhoa, that came up out of everywhere, 2016 Enamel and spray paint on bronze
195.6 x 176.5 x 63.5 cm
Timothy Taylor
Untitled by Eddie Martinez contemporary artwork
Eddie MartinezUntitled, 2016 Oil stick, spray paint and marker on paper
96.5 x 127 cm
Timothy Taylor
Untitled by Eddie Martinez contemporary artwork
Eddie MartinezUntitled, 2016 Patina on bronze
26 x 29 x 17 cm
Timothy Taylor
Untitled by Eddie Martinez contemporary artwork
Eddie MartinezUntitled, 2016 Patina on bronze
25 x 14 x 9 cm
Timothy Taylor
Untitled by Eddie Martinez contemporary artwork
Eddie MartinezUntitled, 2016 Bronze
63.5 x 35.5 x 23.5 cm
Timothy Taylor
Untitled by Eddie Martinez contemporary artwork
Eddie MartinezUntitled, 2016 Enamel and spray paint on bronze
24.5 x 31.5 x 14.5 cm
Timothy Taylor
Whoa, that came up out of everywhere by Eddie Martinez contemporary artwork
Eddie MartinezWhoa, that came up out of everywhere, 2016 Bronze
195.6 x 176.5 x 63.5 cm
Timothy Taylor
Untitled by Eddie Martinez contemporary artwork
Eddie MartinezUntitled, 2016 Enamel and spray paint on bronze
132.1 x 121.9 x 89.5 cm
Timothy Taylor

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Eddie Martinez, EMHK19 at Perrotin, Hong Kong
Closed
17 May–29 June 2019 Eddie Martinez EMHK19 Perrotin, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Eddie Martinez, Blockhead Stacks at Perrotin, Tokyo
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20 December 2018–23 January 2019 Eddie Martinez Blockhead Stacks Perrotin, Tokyo
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, A New Way of Walking at Timothy Taylor, London
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7 June–24 August 2018 Group Exhibition A New Way of Walking Timothy Taylor, London

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