Patrick Martinez maintains a diverse practice that includes mixed media landscape paintings, neon sign pieces, cake paintings, and his Pee Chee series of appropriative works. The landscape paintings are abstractions composed of Los Angeles surface content; e.g. distressed stucco, spray paint, window security bars, vinyl signage, ceramic tile, neon sign elements, and other recognizable materials. These works serve to evoke place and socio-economic position, and further unearth sites of personal, civic and cultural loss.
Patrick’s neon sign works are fabricated to mirror street level commercial signage, but are remixed to present words and phrases drawn from literary and oratorical sources. His acrylic on panel Cake paintings memorialize leaders, activists, and thinkers, and the Pee Chee series documents the threats posed to black and brown youth by law enforcement.
May 20–December 10, 2023
Artist Website & Instagram
Patrick Martinez, Promised Land, Acrylic, stucco, neon, mean streak, ceramic, spray
paint, latex house paint, banner tarp, ceramic tile, tile adhesive, family archive photo
collage, on panel, 84 x 192 x 7 inches, 2022. Courtesy of the artist and Charlie James Gallery. Photo by Yubo Dong (@ofphotostudio)