Monday, October 12, 2009

You don't have to lie to kick it.

Patrick Martinez is a painter and fine artist from Los Angeles. Growing up in the Pasadena valley, street life often tested the lives of friends and family in his community. Instead of turning to violence in his youth, Martinez found solace in the street movement through visual art, often focusing on themes surrounding city life and urban decay. Political commentary about his environment bleeds through particular personas as well as satire in large text. Martinez’s graffiti inspired artwork is recognized for bringing sublime beauty to the unconventionally beautiful. Hip-hop artists of the ‘90s and cult classics such as “Wild Style” and “Style Wars” were big influences for Martinez in his early days as a graffiti artist.

“You Don’t Have To Lie To Kick It” is a collection of works that tackles themes such as the recession and it’s impact on young families, youth and street dialogue, as well as love within the urban community. Martinez hopes these works will challenge equality issues in the streets of Los Angeles – particularly focusing on the relationship between authority and the masses. He hopes to shed new light on these familiar cultural controversies, utilizing a balance of street and classical aesthetic forms and mediums.

You Don’t Have To Lie To Kick It features new works and an installation on display at FIFTY24LA Gallery from Sept 10 – Nov 5, 2009.

Opening reception:

Thursday, Sept. 10th

7PM - 10PM

Upper Playground/Fifty24LA

125 E. 6th St.

Los Angeles, CA 90014

About Upper Playground:

Based in San Francisco, CA, Upper Playground is the leader in today’s progressive art movement with its innovative apparel and accessories line and art galleries. Since 1999, Upper Playground has been recognized as a catalyst for the fusion of fashion with fine art. UP apparel and accessories are designed by local and international artists including Sam Flores, Jeremy Fish, Estevan Oriol, David Choe, and Alex Pardee. The Upper Playground collection is sold in over 300 boutiques worldwide and online. In addition, Upper Playground has stores and galleries in San Francisco, Berkeley, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle, New York, Mexico and London.

About Patrick Martinez

Patrick Martinez earned a BFA from Art Center College of Design with honors in 2005 and a Masters in art hustle from the streets of Los Angeles. His work has been shown in many galleries across the United States and has been featured in art publications such as Mynameis? and Juxtapoz. Martinez works as a fine artist and art director for SA Studios tackling projects that range from movie posters to creating original art for specific clients. He has also created original content for clients such as: Frank 151, Flaunt Magazine, adidas, Nike, Upper Playground, Stussy, Rime, SA Studios and Undefeated.

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