Jonathan Munar posts a new video about painter Eddie Martinez. In the video Martinez discusses the desire to seek a new, abstract direction in his work, a desire that was realized in his recent exhibition, Matador, at Journal Gallery, Brooklyn.
On changing from figurative to abstract painting Martinez says: "I really have to go into the paintings a little bit more to figure them out, to pull their potential out of them. Because I don't necessarily know what the imagery is and I don't know what the moves are going to be as readily as I did when painting a bouquet of flowers over and over and over again."
Allison Meier reviews the exhibition Eddie Martinez: Matador at Journal Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, on view through April 28, 2013.
Meier writes: "The taking of an idea and slightly altering it, over and over again, can often be more interesting than the executed initial idea itself... Martinez is experimenting with this idea in an installation of his Matador paintings where a grouping of abstract forms occurs over and over again with messy alterations. Martinez made all seven in one long, self-imposed studio struggle."
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