Patrick Martinez: Hustlemania

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Opening reception:
Saturday, March 19th, 2011 from 8 to 11 p.m.

The title of the show was inspired by a neon piece Martinez completed in 2008 titled “Selling Out is the New Keeping it Real,” which articulated Martinez’s thoughts about art and the economy at the time. “The recession was in full swing and people were desperate for money,” the artist says. “Everyone was on hustlemode— and still are. When I was creating in the studio, this concept kept coming up: the idea of the paper chase, chasing the dream and all that. When I started looking at the body of work as a whole, I saw that theme binding everything together as a cohesive collection.”

Hustlemania will feature more than 20 new works, including large-scale paintings, sculpture and Martinez’s signature neon pieces. The exhibition showcases his breadth as an artist: from Martinez’s urban take on still life paintings—in which fruit baskets are replaced by 40 ounces and Cheetos—to the very personal portraits of his mother and father.

Known Gallery
441 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036

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