Internationally acclaimed artist Javier Martin chooses Art Central to feature his fully new body of work - Conceptual Poetry.
Arta is thrilled to attend, for the first time, Art Central Hong Kong, and present a solo exhibition featuring first-time-shown series by Javier Martin.
Martin’s Blindness series over the last 15 years has earned the attention of the most established collectors, galleries, and art institutions. The Blindness series, with its rich glassy collages made of photography portraits, paint, advertising scraps, and shiny neons that Hong Kong audiences had a chance to see in 2021 and 2016 is now transformed into a new, fresh, and completely different idea that has been on the artist's mind for a while.
At Art Central 2023 we are going to present the newest, first-time-shown series, titled Conceptual Poetry.
Working beyond a single medium such as canvas, clay, or mirror, Martin’s practice investigates the tenuous connections between words, objects, and images, inviting reflection through the exploration of ideas such as stereotypes, politics, and consumerism.
This new body of work represents how, through mostly hand-painted words and objects, the artist created “poems”. Martin is fascinated by the early twenty-first-century literary movement of the same name - Conceptual Poetry. By experimenting with different forms of language, mediums, sizes, and shapes the pieces evoke a specific emotional response or illusion of experiences through language chosen and arranged for its meaning.
Martin said “The Conceptual Poetry is the foundation of my exploration of using language as the material, and transforming the appropriation of advertising and light into the appropriation of language. To whom do words and language belong?
Each of us owns the interpretation and the means by which we relate to them.
However, in reality, are we the owners of those moments, or is language a part of the manipulation? When we see a word, what do we feel?
What do we think of it?
Does that moment transport us somewhere?
And does our perception change when the word is larger or smaller or changes color or shape?”
There is a fine line where traditional materials are the support of language, and words are the connectors between them, an open book without a cover where the viewer organizes the words freely to create their own story through mirrors, pieces of clay, or words that appear in the works impulsed by air.
Martin said “For years I questioned how I could simplify my work, remove the lights, advertising, collages, and instead bring forward the hidden messages that were behind the bold images.
I also analyzed how I could visually deconstruct all the information overload and the visual pollution that surrounds us. In a world where media acquires relevance and our lives are dominated by social media, I wanted to remove the pollution.”
Find Artist's Biography HERE
Find Curator's Biography and gallery information HERE
Date: 22 to 25 March 2023 (VIP Preview 21 March)
Art Fair: Art Central, Booth B11
Venue: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
Address: 1 Expo Dr, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
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