Sploshing • Pow Martinez

Jul 11 to Jul 30, 2012 • Upstairs Gallery

Painter and sound artist Pow Martinez shares to the public more of his mischievous and deliberately raw artistry in Sploshing, his most recent one-man show.

Sploshing references both erotic fetishism and the pleasure of play—two persistent tendencies in Martinez’s body of work. Increasingly drawn to painting in recent years, Martinez conveys both gesture and doodle in a landscape of garish candy colors. His whimsically conceived works throw out all pretenses to the sublime and the divine: discarding canons of academic training and wandering out to baser and intentionally messy territory. If art is a rowdy playground, then Martinez seems unafraid to discard the rules of the game.