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Jose Carlos Martinat

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Ejercicio Superficial #12

Ejercicio Superficial #12

Ejercicio Superficial #12

Ejercicio Superficial #12

Ejercicio Superficial #12

Ejercico Super!cial # 12

Jose Carlos Martinat
Ejercicio Superficial #12

2011

Glass and spray paint

Dimensions variable
Jose Carlos Martinat’s art is at the interface of real and virtual worlds; his sources of inspiration are architecture and the urban milieu, human and cyberspace memories. His multimedia installations and sculptural assemblages incorporate a diversity of materials and strategies to alter preconceptions in regards to where things belong, he brings imprints meant for the street to the gallery, as an archeologist of sorts. This offhand methodology manifests in a number of manners.
Banner-like objects are made from transfers of political parties’ logos found in the city walls by means of lifting off the texture of the paint in resin. These Pintas are unmediated appropriations of political slogans fragments that end up pasted onto gallery walls.
The fascination with architectural modernism is matched in Martinat’s case by a penchant for a certain kitsch aesthetic that he articulates with the inclusion of tagging, strident colour and street art strategies. His Ejercicios Superficiales series encompasses a number of bodies of work in different mediums that generally evoke the idea of superficiality in the use of readymade surfaces covered in graffiti.
The superficiality of his intention – or rather his love of the surface – is also present in the sculptural composition Monumentos Vandalizables – Abstracción del Poder presented in the Mercosul Biennale of 2009, where fragments of emblematic buildings designed by Oscar Niemeyer for the futuristic Brasilia are built in white coated wood, and subsequently offered to the exhibition visitors to spray paint over them with slogans, graffiti and other intervention techniques. The dirtying of the icon could appear like a rebel boutade that conversely serves to perpetuate the iconography of modernism. It could also be a liberating force in the face of the widespread abuse of power.

Text © Gabriela Salgado

Jose Carlos Martinat's BIOGRAPHY

Jose Carlos Martinat
Born in 1974, Peru, South America
Lives and works between Lima, Peru & Mexico City



SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2013
Ejercícios Superficiales sobre Dispositivos de Deleite, Galeria Leme, São Paulo, Brazil

2012
Galeria Baginski , Lisboa, Portugal

2010
Ejercicios de adición y sustracción para diversion, Revolver Galeria, Lima, Peru
Exercícios Superficiais para Galeria, Galeria Leme, São Paulo, Brazil

GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2013
Suspicious Minds, Galeria Vermelho, São Paulo, Brazil
Somos Libres, MATE, Lima, Peru
City Centre- Diankou, Lima, Palermo, Gervasuti Foundation, Venice, Italy
Project Space: Ruins in Reverse, Tate Modern, London, UK
Silver, Revolver Galeria, Lima, Peru

2012
The Collaborative: Moola – Museum of Latin American Art, Los Angeles, USA
9th Shanghai Biennale, China
EVA International, Biennial of Visual Art, Limerick City, Ireland

2011
MODIFY, AS NEEDED, KNIGHT EXHIBITION SERIES, Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, USA
DIFRACCIÓN , Arróniz Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, Mexico
Colleción Contemporanea del Museo Arte de Lima, Estação Pinacoteca, São Paulo, Brazil
Bruma, 20 Hoxton Square, London, England

2010
Restraint SESC Pinheiros, São Paulo, Brazil
Monumentos vandalizables: abstracción de poder III, Mali, Lima, Peru
Ejercicios de abstraccion y substraccion para distraccion, Galeria Revolver, Lima, Peru

2009
Galeria Revolver, Lima, Peru
Restraint (New Media Art Practices from Brazil and Peru), Maison de la culture Marie-Uguay and OBORO, Montréal, Canada
7ª Bienal do Mercosul, Porto Alegre, Brazil
2ª Trienal Poli/Gráfica de San Juan: América Latina y el Caribe, San Juan, Porto Rico
Misfeasance?, Museo de Arte Raúl Anguiano, Guadalajara, Mexico

2008
Emergentes, curated by José-Carlos Mariategui, Centro Fundacion Telefonica, Lima, Peru
La Construcción de un Lugar Comum, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Lima, Peru

2007
Ambiente de Estereo Realidad 4, La Laboral, Madrid, Spain
10°00 S / 76°00 W, Galeria Leme, São Paulo, Brazil
Fotógrafos contemporáneos, Galería Lucia de la Puente, Lima, Peru
Doppelganger: El doble de la Realidad, MARCO Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Vigo, Vigo, Spain

2006
Constelaciones, Muestra de Arte Contemporáneo, Museo de Arte de Lima, Peru
A imagen y semejanza, Museo de arte Contemporáneo de Arequipa, Arequipa, Peru
Cambios Estructurales 1, Museo de la Universidad San Marcos, Lima, Peru

2005
Ambiente de Estereo Realidad 2, Festival de Video /Arte /Electrónico, Lima, Peru
Vestigio Barroco, Centro Cultural de España, Lima, Peru

2004
Cubo blanco- Flexi time, Galería Luís Miro Quesada Garland, Lima, Peru
Absolut Vodka Creation, Galería Lucia de la Puente, Lima, Peru
Ambiente de Estereo Realidad 1, World Wide Video Festival, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Vía Satélite: fotografía y video arte contemporáneo del Perú – travelling exhibition, Centro Cultural de España, Lima, Peru

2003
Casa tomada, Galería Lucia de la Puente, Lima, Peru

2002
Impecable Soledad, Centro Cultural de España, Lima, Peru

2001
Co-razón, Centro Cultural de España, Lima, Peru
Trans-apariencias, Centro Cultural de la Católica, Lima, Peru

2000
Casa, intervention in domestic space, Lima, Peru

1999
Nuevos fotógrafos Peruanos, Galería Luís Miro Quesada Garland, Lima, Peru