Marc Straus

Gallery

José Carlos Martinat

April 15 - July 24, 2021

Opening Reception
Thu April 15 2021, 4pm - 8pm

Jose Carlos Martinat (b. 1974) lives and works in Lima, Peru. Martinat’s work is concerned with the social, cultural and political contexts of Latin America. He has a multidisciplinary practice that involves painting, sculpture, audio, appropriation and text.

In his signature work Martinat sources graffiti from walls and surfaces throughout South America. He’s developed a technique to extract layers of paint that is then peeled away maintaining the grittiness of the wall with its imagery. He appropriates logos, letters and phrases that capture the political tension of the populace. These “paintings” have a new life on the white walls of galleries, museums, and private collections. They are at once beautiful and unusual objects while retaining their visceral immediacy, transporting the emotional tension of the source.

Though Martinat’s work emerges from the politics and conditions in Latin America, where the continent is torn between socialism, autocracy, and neoliberalism, the message is universal. It poignantly brings to the fore the tiredness, the struggles with social inequality and outdated economic models that leave so many behind. All but one of these extractions are from political campaign advertisements with their false promises of new generations of politicians and leaders.

This exhibition comes about at an important moment in Peru. Almost concurrent with Martinat’s opening at our gallery the voters of Peru will go to the polls to elect a President. Peruvian politics have been rife with corruption. Four of the past five Presidents are in jail. Among the current candidates there may be no good alternative. Anger has spilled into the streets and the recent graffiti overlaying political images speaks movingly to the deep frustration of the populace.

The work Ladrón was extracted from propaganda of a congressional candidate in the right-wing Fujimora Party, whose original leader is now serving a 25-year prison sentence. Congressional candidates typically paint their names, party logo and the number that they represent on the ballot as seen here. Someone has clumsily scrawled ‘Ladrón’ Spanish for thief into the original paint. Martinat’s extraction captures the dialogue of the people intervening with this political propaganda. Another impactful work has a green tree, the logo of the political party Fuerza Inka Amazónica. Within the leafy foliage there are numerous crosses that were added by a street artist.

Red Cross is the only work in this exhibition that does not belong to a political party. It features the logo of the Peruvian red cross, extracted from an abandoned medical post in the middle of the pandemic. This image of the double cross symbolizes the two congruent emergencies facing the country.

Recent work of his can be found in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Perez Art Museum (Miami), Tate Modern (London), Saatchi Collection (London), the Museum of Contemporary Art São Paulo (Brazil), the Lima Art Museum (Peru), the Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires (Argentina), and shortly the Guggenheim, NYC.

Martinat has shown extensively in many international institutions including Museo de Arte de Zapopan, Mexico (2017), Biennale, Brazil (2009 and 2015), Saatchi Gallery, London (2014), Tate Modern, London (2013), Biennale of Visual Arts, Ireland (2012), Noord-Holland Biennale, Netherlands (2012), Museum of Latin American Art, Los Angeles (2012), IX Shanghai Biennale, China (2012), Estação Pinacoteca, Brazil (2011), and Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami (2011).

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Works In Exhibition
José Carlos Martinat 2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
66.9 x 70.8 inches (170 x 180 cm) 2021 Marc Straus Gallery
Fuerza Popular / Alianza por el Progresso (Popular Force / Alliance for the progress)

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
66.9 x 70.8 inches (170 x 180 cm)

José Carlos Martinat 2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
90.551 x 55.906 in (230 x 142 cm) 2021 Marc Straus Gallery
Number 1

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
90.551 x 55.906 in (230 x 142 cm)

José Carlos Martinat 2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
74.8 x 88.5 inches (190 x 225 cm) 2021 Marc Straus Gallery
Keiko, Fuerza Popular / Keiko, Popular Force

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
74.8 x 88.5 inches (190 x 225 cm)

José Carlos Martinat 2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
71.6 x 87.4 inches (182 x 222 cm) 2021 Marc Straus Gallery
Peru Libre #1 / Free Peru #1

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
71.6 x 87.4 inches (182 x 222 cm)

José Carlos Martinat 2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
75.5 x 71.6 inches (192 x 182 cm) 2021 Marc Straus Gallery
Peru Libre #2 / Free Peru #2

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
75.5 x 71.6 inches (192 x 182 cm)

José Carlos Martinat 2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
74.8 x 62.9 inches (190 x 160 cm) 2021 Marc Straus Gallery
Democracia Directa / Direct Democracy

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
74.8 x 62.9 inches (190 x 160 cm)

José Carlos Martinat 2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
91.3 x 68.8 inches (232 x 175 cm) 2021 Marc Straus Gallery
Voy a disparar balas/trabajo (I’m going to shoot bullets/ work)

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
91.3 x 68.8 inches (232 x 175 cm)

José Carlos Martinat 2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
88.5 x 70.8 inches (225 x 180 cm) 2021 Marc Straus Gallery
Runa

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
88.5 x 70.8 inches (225 x 180 cm)

José Carlos Martinat 2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
101.5 x 65.3 inches (258 x 166 cm) 2021 Marc Straus Gallery
Caja Municipal

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
101.5 x 65.3 inches (258 x 166 cm)

José Carlos Martinat 2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
43 x 41.8 inches 2021 Marc Straus Gallery
Juntos por el Peru (Together for Peru)

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
43 x 41.8 inches

José Carlos Martinat 2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
50 x 50 inches
127 x 127 cm 2021 Marc Straus Gallery
Cruz Roja (Red Cross)

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
50 x 50 inches
127 x 127 cm

José Carlos Martinat 2021 2021 Marc Straus Gallery
Extraction Process (Red Cross)

2021

José Carlos Martinat 2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
50 x 55 inches (128 x 140 cm) 2021 Marc Straus Gallery
Alianza por el progreso #2 (Alliance for Progress #2)

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
50 x 55 inches (128 x 140 cm)

José Carlos Martinat verso view 2021 Marc Straus Gallery
Alianza por el progreso #2 (Alliance for Progress #2)

verso view

José Carlos Martinat 2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
82.6 x 66.9 inches (210 x 170 cm) 2021 Marc Straus Gallery
Fuerza Inka amazónica (Amazon Inka Force)

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
82.6 x 66.9 inches (210 x 170 cm)

José Carlos Martinat verso view 2021 Marc Straus Gallery
Fuerza Inka amazónica (Amazon Inka Force)

verso view

José Carlos Martinat 2021 2021 Marc Straus Gallery
Extraction process Fuerza Inka amazónica (Amazon Inka Force)

2021

José Carlos Martinat 2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
47.2 x 67.7 inches (120 x 172 cm) 2021 Marc Straus Gallery
enovacion Popular (Popular Renovation)

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
47.2 x 67.7 inches (120 x 172 cm)

José Carlos Martinat 2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
66.9 x 59 inches (170 x 150 cm) 2021 Marc Straus Gallery
Union por el Peru (Union for Peru)

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
66.9 x 59 inches (170 x 150 cm)

José Carlos Martinat 2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
82.6 x 50 inches (210 x 128 cm) 2021 Marc Straus Gallery
Ladrón (Thief)

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
82.6 x 50 inches (210 x 128 cm)

José Carlos Martinat verso view 2021 Marc Straus Gallery
Ladrón (Thief)

verso view

José Carlos Martinat 2021 2021 Marc Straus Gallery
Extraction Process (Ladrón)

2021

José Carlos Martinat 2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
78.74 x 82.67 inches (200 x 210 cm) 2021 Marc Straus Gallery
Allianza por el progreso #1 (Alliance for Progress #1)

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
78.74 x 82.67 inches (200 x 210 cm)

José Carlos Martinat verso view 2021 Marc Straus Gallery
Allianza por el progreso #1 (Alliance for Progress #1)

verso view

José Carlos Martinat Allianza por el progreso #1 (Alliance for Progress #1)
2021 2021 Marc Straus Gallery
Extraction Process

Allianza por el progreso #1 (Alliance for Progress #1)
2021

José Carlos Martinat 2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
78.74 x 70.8 inches (200 x 180 cm) 2021 Marc Straus Gallery
Podemos #2

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
78.74 x 70.8 inches (200 x 180 cm)

José Carlos Martinat verso view 2021 Marc Straus Gallery
Podemos #2

verso view

José Carlos Martinat 2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
82.67 x 75.9 inches (210 x 193 cm) 2021 Marc Straus Gallery
Alianza Popular Revolucionaria Americana (American Popular Revolutionary Alliance)

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
82.67 x 75.9 inches (210 x 193 cm)

José Carlos Martinat 2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
92.5 x 98.5 inches (235 x 250 cm) 2021 Marc Straus Gallery
Podemos #1 (We Can #1)

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
92.5 x 98.5 inches (235 x 250 cm)

José Carlos Martinat 2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
77.2 x 82.6 inches (196 x 210 cm) 2021 Marc Straus Gallery
Fuerza Popular (Popular Front)

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
77.2 x 82.6 inches (196 x 210 cm)

José Carlos Martinat 2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
108.3 x 133.9 inches (275 x 340 cm) 2021 Marc Straus Gallery
Podemos #2 (We Can #2)

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
108.3 x 133.9 inches (275 x 340 cm)

José Carlos Martinat 2021 2021 Marc Straus Gallery
Extraction Process Podemos #2 (We Can #2)

2021

José Carlos Martinat 2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
55 x 82.6 inches (140 x 210 cm) 2021 Marc Straus Gallery
Accion Popular (Popular Action)

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
55 x 82.6 inches (140 x 210 cm)

José Carlos Martinat 2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
74 x 57 (188 x 145 cm) 2021 Marc Straus Gallery
Victoria Nacional (National Victory)

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
74 x 57 (188 x 145 cm)

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