Date
Category
FAIRS, PAST EXHIBITIONS

NADA NEW YORK
MARCH 2 – 5, 2017
Skylight Clarkson North
572 Washington St., New York, NY
BOOTH 2.27

WORKS CHECKLIST

 

Ochi Projects presents a solo booth with paintings, works on paper and ceramics by Lilian Martinez.

 

Martinez’ work embraces flatness and simplicity. Her painterly eye reduces a scene down to a critical selection of subjects, and then reduces those subjects down to their most basic forms, lines and colors. Pulling imagery from pop-culture, art history, and nature, Martinez’ content is typically an amalgamation of easily recognizable symbols —Bart Simpson’s head floats alongside a figure that is reminiscent of a Matisse dancer, a Nike “swoosh” is situated alongside a series of decorative objects such as flowers, leaves or fruit. And when Martinez paints people they are almost always looking extremely relaxed, lounging comfortably, or engaged in a leisure activity. Usually the works have descriptive titles like, “When you are sad but you still want to have fun,” “Guardian Angel in Nikes,” or “Drake Eating a Salad.” As the titles imply, the works are loosely narrative, but always feel a little chimerical, like something out of a dream.

 

Bold and colorful Martinez’ work is driven by intent, reconciling memory, reality and dreams into scenes that are a little bit surreal and a little bit funny. The work indulges color and mood, and is direct while maintaining a vibe that is charmingly nonchalant.