Known Gallery in the Fairfax District recently played host to the Lovely Day exhibit by one of our favorite artists, Patrick Martinez, and we were lucky enough to be invited to the private opening reception.
The mixed-media exhibit included paintings, neon, sculpture, and even a vending machine. All of the pieces were influenced by a juxtoposition of the hard and the soft, the beautiful and the evil. We were immediately drawn to the hard faces that were painted on soft blankets, and the little neon toys from the vending machines that include sticky hands throwin' up W's and tiny plastic pistols. Their was even a cute teddy bear sculpture made from melted gun metal. The neon art was reminiscent of signs one would find in store fronts of your neighborhood shops or liquor stores, but they displayed messages like Build or Destroy, and a broken Peace & Love. His work carried a cohesive theme throughout the exhibit, and we couldn't get enough of it.
Patrick Martinez is one of the most buzzed about artists at the moment and was even named one of the "Most Influential Artists of the Decade" by Complex Magazine. We can see why.
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