Untitled 1

2016
Enamel and spray paint on bronze
Edition of 3

Untitled forms part of a larger series of bronze works now numbering over a hundred. Having practiced as a painter for over 25 years these works are some of the first sculptures by Eddie Martinez and are expressive of this transition between the two art forms. There is a reluctance in this body of work to commit wholeheartedly to three dimensions, which can be observed in the sculptures two-dimensional planes and multiple ‘faces’. Many of Martinez’s sculptures are labelled ‘Untitled’, which is significant in relation to the works substantial material presence. By naming the work Untitled the artist appears to champion a focus on the physical materiality of the object rather than any theoretical context. The smallest of the three works at CASS, Untitled has an endearing aesthetic, appearing to support itself on a mini-crutch and postulate with an angular elbow for support. Untitled is a composite of opposites simultaneously gorgeous and garish, solid and light, clumsy and forthright. Large washes of white are animated with streams of primary red, blue and yellow and assembled with evidence of their making process. Untitled is a sculpture with a gestural edge, resiliently devoted to painting and yet jubilantly emancipated from the traditions of the medium.

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About The Artist

Eddie Martinez creates expressive, large and entertaining works that draw on the historical canon of abstract painting and street culture. There is a joyful mash-up of references from Pablo Picasso to graffiti, Willem de Kooning, skateboard culture, Robert Rauschenberg, sport, Jean Michel Basquiat and takeaway pizza boxes. His works are lively and discursive combining coarse brushwork, recognisable tropes of contemporary life and shapes reminiscent of commercial logos. Martinez’s paintings incorporate bold contours through the combination of media such as oil, enamel and spray paint, and often include collaged found objects. This medley of references and painterly technique is perceivable in his sculptural works where textured oil paint, bronze, metal tubing, ropes and bottle tops collide in joyful amalgamated forms.

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