Patrick Martinez, USA
USA 1998, Video, 3:00 min, col
I first based my work on an exploration of the concepts of point of view and commitment in sculpture. I did not endeavor to limit myself to specific themes, but attempted to study the means by which my art was produced, then received by the public; to bring light to the dark reaches of production by focusing on action, process, and mobility. Practice soon became the central notion of my endeavor. It allowed me to set down the three salient points of a triangular relationship between my activity, the work of art, and its reception, and to study their various combinations. The word practice is purposely ambiguous in French, as it conveys both the idea of a specific skill or proficiency and, as in practical, the notion of versatility or adaptability to a purpose, since my goal is to posit my art as a functional and generative intermediary. This leads to my emphasizing both the object and its background and attempting to shed light on their singular coexistence. These general thoughts still inform my current work; however, I have lately stopped concentrating on sculpture alone and started to branch out into other forms of expression such as video art, sound art, drawing, installation, and design, since I want to re-invent rules systematically and do what I don't know how to do. I focus on experimentation to assert my rights to non-specialized, open work. Generally speaking, my research themes are directed towards the identification and activation of energy. They are also impelled by a need to expand into and explore various creative fields and their modes of production and diffusion.
1969 in Besancon, Frankreich, geboren Studium: 1993-1994 Institute of high studies in plastic art, Paris 1990-1992 Fine arts school, Grenoble 1987-1990 Fine arts school, Besançon Erhielt mehrere Stipendien Einzelausstellungen seit 1998: 1999 New media new face 01, Patrick Martinez, Kei Shimogawa; Intercommunication center (I.C.C), Tokyo 1998 Feu, Casa Gallery, Tokyo; Les Amis, 1996-20.., Georges Philippe et Nathalie Vallois Gallery, Paris Gruppenausstellungen seit 1998: 2000 Artists Space, New York. Three cubed, Sh Balaban, J Neff, P Martinez, P Wright 1999 Abbaye Saint André, contemporary art center, Meymac, Frankreich. Tendance; Video-Festival Decibels/Images, Marseille, Frankreich 1998 CCC, contemporary creation center, Tours, Frankreich. Bruits secrets 1; E&Y gallery, Tokyo, Japan, New kids in town M Atlan, M Manche, P Martinez, R Mènudier, C Pillet; Georges Philippe & Nathalie Vallois gallery, Paris. Le Voyage Immobile R Baquiè, G Barbier, A Bublex, R Hazekamp, F Héritier, B Lavier, P Martinez, J Mogarra, J Opie, H Sugimoto.