We recently stopped by New Image Art for the opening reception of “This Crazy Life,” a group exhibition featuring Gregory Bojorquez, Patrick Martinez, and Michael Vasquez. Each piece in the show encompasses the commonalities of the rough lifestyles that are faced on a day-to-day-bases in inner/urban cities. The works capture rawness and chaos that cohabitate so naturally in the “hood” environments. These three artists are able to capture and interpret realities through portraiture and still lives in an array of paintings, photographs and mix-media pieces.
Patrick Martinez (Los Angeles, CA) successfully combines paintings with neon lights. Brightly painted subjects range from still lives of food with weapons to neon signage often found on windows of markets and restaurants. The subjects bask in the neon light creating realistic seedy club scenes which also incorporate the use of words in Spanish and English. There is humor as well as a subtle quality of cynicism in his paintings. Martinez works are often tongue in cheek insights of cross-cultural Los Angeles.
Gregory Bojorquez (Los Angeles, CA) photographs strong portraits of fellow Los Angelino’s. Bojorquez compositions contain an honest intensity of L.A. life in the hood. On exhibit will be a rare large-scale collage measuring 3’ x 5’, Eastsider Collage, a narrative of scenes and portraits of people from East Los Angeles.
Michael Vasquez (Miami, FL) paints passionate figurative pieces of gang members and friends that are bigger than life. Vasquez figures are exaggerated via his powerful use of composition, color and textural brush strokes. The paintings are symbols of his search for balance in a world filled with conflict.
This Crazy Life: Gregory Bojorquez, Patrick Martinez and Michael Vasquez
New Image Art
Through May 23, 2014