EDWIN MARTINEZ’S “FORETHOUGHTS & AFTERTHOUGHTS” AT ART UNDERGROUND

Monday, February 02, 2015

The great Argentine poet Antonio Porchia once wrote: “One lives in the hope of becoming a memory.” Art is often a pondering of existence — a reflection of a specific life that responds to his or her surroundings. We live in anxiety of the unknown and the unknowable, and an artist’s practice relates to this ennui. Artists recognize the fleeting nature of life, and the eternal nature of living. They seek to capture this essence to preserve a glimmer of its meaning for others.



Such is the practice of the award-winning artist Edwin Martinez. Through a hyper-realist aesthetic that depicts surreal occurrences, the artist manages to capture the transitory states of existence. His latest exhibition, “Forethoughts and Afterthoughts,” articulates the linear aspects of reality. Opening at Art Underground in Mandaluyong City, the exhibition is a development milestone in an emerging contemporary artist.


Time Ruins Everything
72 x 48
Oil on canvas


Shades in Time
18 x 24
Oil on canvas

This exhibit represents a new direction for Martinez, who was a finalist at the 2008 and 2009 Metrobank Art & Design Excellence Awards. Through combining realism with a tinged palette, he can place his subjects in a variety of surreal environments that brings to mind the effervescence of existence.


Mother and Child
36 x 24
Oil on canvas


Shades series
24 x 24 each
Oil on canvas

In this manner, his works are reminiscent of the approach of surrealist ideologue Andre Breton, when he said that surrealism is when the “imaginary turns real.” “Time Ruins Everything” is representative of this, with a child slouching as he holds an hourglass. The background is wavy and jagged — as if representing the abstract concept of the passage of time. The monotone hues brings a great sense of halting urgency, with the need to simultaneously go and stay.


Shades in Time
18 x 24
Oil on canvas


Fine Time
36 x 48
Oil on canvas

This type of conceptual nous shows the kind of conceptual depth within the artist. The exhibition is a thought-provoking step towards realizing the kind of career similar to his more senior contemporary peers. In a great new contemporary art platform such as Art Underground, this marks the emergence of an artist to watch out for.


Change series
12 x 12 each
Oil on canvas


Shades in Time
18 x 24
Oil on canvas

“Forethoughts and Afterthoughts” opens on January 31, 2015 at 6 pm and runs until February 14.

Art Underground is located at Balagtas Street, Brgy. Addition Hills, Mandaluyong City, Philippines. They may be reached through their landline at (632) 721-0745 or email atartundergroundmanila@gmail.com.

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