Whoa, that came up out of everywhere

2016
Enamel and spray paint on bronze
196 x 177 x 64 cm
Edition of 3

Whoa, That Came Up Out of Everywhere 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 sculpture’s two-dimensional planes and multiple ‘faces’. Whoa, That Came Up Out of Everywhere is indicative of the artist’s sculptural desire to liberate himself of the canvas. Gestural and emphatic, Whoa, That Came Up Out of Everywhere has all the attributes of an abstract expressionist painting with an anthropomorphic edge and sculptural physicality. Appearing to strike, perform and enjoy its own ostentation this sculpture has character and energy, much like the affable artist who made it. The bold and intense colour palette speaks of a joyful approach to making, which juggles and balances on its own paint-smothered plinth. Although rendered in bronze Whoa, That Came Up Out of Everywhere retains a hand-made and studio-based experimental aesthetic, which in our digitally obsessed era appears refreshing and is suggestive of an artist who truly relishes his studio and has fun making work. Whoa, That Came Up Out of Everywhere has a contagious attitude, inspiring audiences to want to paint, play and relinquish the earnestness of contemporary society just for a moment.

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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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