Patrick Martinez: "Come In We're Closed" street installationJuxtapoz // Saturday, 04 Dec 2010
Patrick Martinez is a Los Angeles-based painter that we covered as a feature in our November 2010 issue, with a great interview between he and Mister Cartoon. In the midst of creating a body of work for a solo show at Known Gallery in 2011, Patrick just finished putting the final touches on this street installation, Come In We're Closed.
Many small independent mom and pop businesses have been closing up left and right all across the United States. All that is left behind is a cold empty vacant space. Martinez utilizes the space to engage the viewer or passer by on the street with a colorful visual dialog and touching on what people are going through finically during the current recession. Painting portraits of his own parents and placing the words " trying to make a dollar out of 14 (16) cents." over the paintings in bright saturated neon letters. Remixing typical Los Angeles neon signs and introducing the traditional painting element into the mix.
All work 2010 mixed media on acrylic plex, neon, sign painting and vacant store.