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September
KCET ARTBOUND FEATURE

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Amidst stacks of paintings inside Partick Martinez’s studio is “The Most Violent Week in America,” an 8-by-5-foot piece that looks like a giant’s school folder splayed cover-side up. Designed to look like the classic Pee-Chee folders that filled school supply aisles and lined desktops for decades, the painting instead focuses on horrific events of one week in July of 2016.

On July 3, 19-year-old Pedro Villanueva was shot and killed by undercover CHP officers in Fullerton who had followed the unarmed teenager and his passenger from a street racing event to a dead-end street. Two days later, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 37-year-old CD vendor Alton Sterling was shot and killed by police officers. The following day in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota, Philando Castile, just shy of his 33rd birthday, was shot and killed by police officers during a traffic stop. The next day, Micah Xavier Johnson opened fire on police officers at a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas.

The week is memorialized in images that reference the illustrations on those old folders. In the top left corner, there’s a portrait of Castile. “It’s hard to watch that video,” says Martinez of the footage that Castile’s girlfriend, who, along with their young daughter was in the car at the time of the shooting, had broadcast via Facebook. “I kind of wanted to do him a solid and paint his portrait in the top left.” In the top right corner, Villaneuva sits on the bed of a pick-up truck holding a guitar, as he did in a photo that accompanied news reporting of his death. Underneath that, Martinez recreated the image of Sterling shot by an officer. Along the bottom, he painted police scenes from Dallas.

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September
AND WHO IS MY NEIGHBOR: STORIES FROM THE MARGINS @ Biola University

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AND WHO IS MY NEIGHBOR: STORIES FROM THE MARGINS, brings together a diverse group of artists who respond to division and injustice by highlighting the stories of oppressed and marginalized people. At times thesestories point to the difference among us and the very real struggles faced by the Other in our society; at other points, the work highlights our common ground despite difference in an effort to bridge the divide.

The exhibition title references the biblical parable of the Good Samaritan, highlighting the love shown by a Samaritan man (a cultural outsider) to a man that had been robbed, beaten and left nearly dead. At the end of that story we are compelled to, “Go and do likewise”—show mercy and love to all those in need.

Featuring artwork by: Diedrick Brackens, Kent Anderson Butler, Alejandro Cartagena, Ramiro Gomez, Lauren Halsey, Nery Gabriel Lemus, Patrick Martinez, Amitis Motevalli, Cheryl Pope, Tali Weinberg, Dana Weiser, and Kehinde Wiley. Curated by: Nery Gabriel Lemus and Jeff Rau.
The exhibition will be on view September 22 – October 28, 2016.

Exhibition Reception at The Earl & Virginia Green Art Gallery 6:30 – 8:30pm

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August
SFAQ REVIEW WHAT RESONATES: SOUTHLAND AT CHARLIE JAMES GALLERY

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Southland, the latest exhibition at Charlie James Gallery, is a collective mapping of Los Angeles. Featuring 22 artists, including the curator Patrick Martinez, the show coheres around historic memory and speculative futures. Locating Watts, Compton, East Los Angeles, San Gabriel, and San Bernardino as central sites, Southland envisions the cityscape as a plexus of haptic optics.

Downstairs, Martinez’s prodigious nine deuce (2016), made as a canvassed “Pee Chee” folder, illustrates the beating of Rodney King by white police officers and the resulting rebellion. The sheer immensity of the piece with its purple background and yellow line work invite a type of entrancement which, in turn, forces a reckoning of the past as a future present. A folder that signifies youth and the portrait of King that echoes centuries of brutality are like a nostalgic seduction in tension with the mnemonic horror of South Central 1992.

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August
NON NON VIOLENCE @ Guerrero Gallery

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Non Non Violence, a group presentation featuring Andrew Schoultz, Bayete Ross Smith, Cheryl Pope, Diedrick Brackens, Kenneth P. Green Sr., Libby Black, Margot Rada, Mario Ayala, Nery Gabriel Lemus, Nick Van Woert, Patrick Martinez, Sofie Ramos and Terry Powers.

Non Non Violence is not a direct response to any specific incident of violence towards people of color and queer individuals, perpetrated by the state or otherwise. It is a larger response to how it feels to persist amidst an increasingly volatile and oppressive climate of hatred and mistrust–some of us persisting at much greater risk due to pigmentation, bodily inscription, economic standing, or otherwise. Non Non Violence can also be seen as a companion ideology to that of the Black Panthers’ “self defense by any means necessary.” That ideology does not incite or desire violence in any form, but recognizes that if those intended to protect and serve aren’t fulfilling their duties–or are in fact creating greater terror within the community–the community must protect its own through solidarity.

We believe that solidarity can take the form of artistic practice and gallery exhibition, as a means of reflecting, reinterpreting, and ultimately trying to heal. As Simone put it in “Mississippi Goddam”, her 1964 response to the murder of activist Medger Evers and the church bombing in Birmingham a year prior, “I can’t stand the pressure much longer / somebody say a prayer”. As artists, translators, and re-interpreters of the worlds around us, perhaps it is our duty to be the ones who say the prayer?

Opening Reception: Friday, August 19th, 2016, 6:00pm – 9:00pm Exhibition Dates: August 19th – September 10th, 2016

More info: guerrerogallery.com
Guerrero Gallery
1465 Custer Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94124
Entrance: Corner of Custer and Quint
info@guerrerogallery.com

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August
NPR Station: Take Two KPCC Interview with A. Martinez

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July
Cornell Fine Arts Museum Acquires Portfolio PO-LICE MISCONDUCT MISPRINT SERIES (PEE CHEE)

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Cornell Fine Arts Museum Acquires Portfolio PO-LICE MISCONDUCT MISPRINT SERIES (PEE CHEE)
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July
Seattle Art Fair with Charlie James Gallery

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Seattle Art Fair
August 4 – 7, 2016
CenturyLink Field Event Center, Booth C18
Featuring works by Patrick Martinez, Packard Jennings, and Alexander Reben
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July
Southland @ Charlie James Gallery

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SOUTHLAND
CURATED BY PATRICK MARTINEZ
JULY 23 – AUGUST 27, 2016

ARTIST’S RECEPTION: JULY 23, 2016, 6-10PM

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Charlie James Gallery is delighted to present “Southland”, a group show curated by Patrick Martinez, including works by Sadie Barnette, Sandow Birk, Gregory Bojorquez, Kenturah Davis, Gajin Fujita, Gary Garay, Ramiro Gomez, Lauren Halsey, Kysa Johnson, Nery Gabriel Lemus, Star Montana, Kaz Oshiro, Kenton Parker, Hilary Pecis, Umar Rashid, Joe Prime Reza, Shizu Saldamando, Andrew Schoultz, Ana Serrano, Mario Ybarra Jr, Zes and José Delgado Zúñiga.

Growing up in the Los Angeles area, curator and artist Patrick Martinez has long been fascinated with the geography and culture of greater Los Angeles. Martinez’s eye concerns itself less with Hollywood and the West Side, the areas of LA commonly exported to the rest of the country, and more with pockets of the city such as the San Gabriel Valley, the East Side of Los Angeles, North East LA, the Harbor Area, San Bernardino, the High Desert, and DTLA. For Southland, Martinez has recruited artists native to Los Angeles, from different parts of the city, as well as transplants to LA, and asked them to make work about their relationship to the city.

Southland will run from July 23rd thru the end of August. The gallery will be open normal hours 12-5 Wednesday to Sunday during the run of the show.

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June
Fusion Interview

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Iconic ‘Pee-Chee’ folders reimagined with familiar scenes of police brutality. More info.

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June
Wired Magazine Feature

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