VICTOR REYES | PAPER WORK and KATRINA SANTA ANA | SEW WHAT AMERICA | JANUARY 25, 2014

January 20 2014 . 05:48am

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VICTOR REYES | PAPER WORK
KATRINA SANTA ANA | SEW WHAT AMERICA

Opening reception January 25, 2014 | 8-11pm
On view January 25 – February 8, 2014

THE SEVENTH LETTER
Flagship Store and Gallery
346 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90036

 

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Inner-City Arts presents SUMMER ON 7th | July 20, 2013 | 7p-Midnight

July 17 2013 . 12:42am

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RISE
Four Decades of LA Urban Art Curated by Casey Zoltan and Robert Goldschien.

Exhibition featuring works by…
CHAZ BOJORQUEZ / DATE FARMERS / KENNY SCHARF / AUGUSTINE KOFIE / MAGU / MEAR / NECKFACE / POSE / PUSH / RETNA / REVOK / REYES / RIME / RISK / ROBBIE CONAL / SABER / SHEPARD FAIREY / SKULLPHONE / ZES
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Inner City Arts Campus
720 Kohler Street
Los Angeles, CA 90021

This fundraiser event is strictly 21+. Tickets must be purchased online.

PURCHASE TICKETS

*All proceeds from this event support Inner City Art’s programs which provide art education to 10,000 children and youth grades K -12 each year

About RISE
Los Angeles is blessed with an abundance of great artists, fine galleries and world class museums. However, it is not as rich as many U.S. cities in terms of public art in open spaces. We are constantly bombarded with signage and commercial advertising in our streets, but where is the public art there? Enter the graffiti artist. We’re talking not about taggers, who commit vandalism simply to assert their identity or territory, but about artists who take their creative efforts seriously. Those who talent and work have been recognized by the established art community. All of the artists represented in our exhibit have done graffiti at some point in their careers. Most if not all of them have done pieces on the streets that were commissioned or otherwise authorized by the real property owners, thereby avoiding the element of vandalism, and all of them have made their way into reputable galleries if not museums. The heart and soul of graffiti art is to be visible from the streets and to be part of the urban landscape, so the challenge for these artists is how to maintain this heart and soul while displaying their work in galleries or museums.

We hope you enjoy our exhibit and that it sparks a greater appreciation of the graffiti art that pervades our city. We must also express our heartfelt gratitude to Inner-City Arts for allowing us to be part of their 2013 Summer on 7th!

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Victor Reyes x Cohn Wolfe in Los Angeles

June 11 2013 . 12:33am

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Find out more at: Cohnwolfe.com / Reyes78.com

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Interview with Joseph Martinez by Victor Reyes

May 01 2013 . 07:26pm


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Victor Reyes: where are you from and how did you get into painting?

Joseph Martinez: I am from Denver Colorado, Ive always been into making art, but took painting serious when I was given Shawn Barbers Instructional video. Oil paint was intimidating to me until I jumped in and gave it a go.

VR: when did you first start painting match books and why?

JM: I first started painting matchbooks around June of 2012. I had a show  approaching and wasn’t sure what I wanted to display as a body of work. I had a matchbook laying around and decided to challenge myself and use that as my surface. The first series were all paintings smaller than a dime in the beginning. I also realized that matchbooks are often given away or tossed , I wanted to give value to something that is usually disposed of and now hopefully no one will find it in a bowl somewhere in a bar.

VR: do you find people like the matchbooks more than traditional paintings on panel or canvas?

JM: People have taken a liking to the matchbook paintings more so, I believe because it gives a sense of scale right off the bat. The smaller it is the more impact it sees to have not matter what the subject painted is. It also forces people to literally step in and look.

VR: what are your paintings inspired by/ what are you inspired by?

JM: Anything and everything, when I decide to create something its all the pieces Ive taken from the influences and inpirations I have gathered. This new series of work are mostly inspired by artist from the Bay or I have seen in the bay on a consistent base. Artist that I see working hard and diligently while watching them progress, that is what I want to do with myself so  I use these paintings as reminders.

VR: when the the small painting are not coming out as you intended, do you ever burn those little matchbooks up?

JM: I have torn a few up that weren’t coming along as planned but it could’ve been a small detail no one would even notice other than me. Working with such a small area challenges me to only focus on the parts that are more important, all the details wont be seen so I can be to hard on myself and make it “perfect” because there is only so much room. I will now have to do a few that consist of burning a few up now that you mentioned it, now I have a few ideas.

VR: Whats next for your painting?

JM:  My next series of paintings I believe will be for the show at Known, these are more detailed paintings that have been taking me around 8hrs each at least and I would like to have a larger body of work to present. I like the idea of painting on the matchbooks, I’ve recently been thinking of ways for them to evolve  and I believe making them 3-D would be a nice challenge to add to them.

Find out more at: Josephmrtnz.com

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The Seventh Letter Billboards | #ArtShareLA

March 28 2013 . 02:22am

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Photos by: Brent Broza

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