About The Show
In his first Midwest solo exhibition, Patrick Martinez examines a contemporary crisis: the dwindling quality of life due to the consumerist and nutritional choices of mainstream America. Buy Now Cry Later poses as a metaphor for the overall consumption and insatiable need for “more” in the modern world. We are stressed and medicated, balancing our fears over job security, guns, cost of living, violence, diet, money, race relations, education and health. All of these issues weigh the same when it comes to societal problems in dire need of solving; all are symbols that point to a troubled collective culture–a melting pot identity in crisis.
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Following up the successful collaboration with Estevan Oriol, Big Chris’ Car Parts follows up with the heavy hitting holiday collab with contemporary visual artist Patrick Martinez. Taking cues from store front neon signage and a Nas rap quote, Martinez delivers a strong piece compounding the two. The Martinez collaboration tee is limited to 60 pieces. The next collaboration BIGCCP taps contemporary artist DZINE for a limited edition tee which will be out after the new year. Also be on the look out for a special tee drop between BIGCCP and Stalley’s Blue Collar Gang.
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BIGCCP (BIG CHRIS’ CAR PARTS) is a CAR CULTURE BOUTIQUE based in Los Angeles representing contemporary car culture and specializing in: vintage car parts + car care product+ car culture wearables.
Photography: Jared Ryder
Earlier this week, we asked you all to vote for who you think will be the Man of Next Year in Art & Design between BJ Betts, Jonathan LeVine, Kahlil Joseph, Patrick Martinez, and Retna. And after tallying up the votes, the people have spoken.
The Man of Next Year in Art & Design is Patrick Martinez.
Martinez’s earliest jobs found him art directing Concentrated Entertainment and providing album covers for the underground stalwart Stones Throw. After completing his BA in Fine Art at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, he began to blend his hip-hop roots with a unique approach to tackling social issues, leading to a unique blend of neon (both symbol and wordplay) and painted portrait—including for the cover of Stalley’s Savage Journey to the American Dream.
In the last year, Martinez’s hustle has expanded and his gallery shows in Dallas at Circuit12 Contemporary and in L.A.—Lovely Day at Known Gallery was a game changer—met with rave reviews. Expect nothing less in 2013.
See more of Martinez’s work at Patrick Martinez Studio.
Learn more about what the winners take home, and check out all the Man of Next Year nominees at mony.complex.com.