假如妳是一位藝術愛好者，並有意到上海西岸藝術中心的話，我會極力推薦你先到Yuz Museum 余德耀美术馆欣賞艾迪·馬丁内斯的個展，然後往西岸藝術區域前進。單看作品，或許妳會誤以為是尚‧米榭‧巴斯奇亞的晚期作品。然而，當妳站在一幅19米寬的作品前，妳必定會對藝術家肅然起敬，並且明白余德耀美術館為何看重這位年輕藝術家。
WILL YUZ JOIN OUR FEAST? | by JASMINE CHAU
It is that time of the year! And no, I am not talking about Christmas.
The past week was the annual opening of West Bund Art and Design Fair in Shanghai, China. Indeed, this year’s ritual remained the same. People still lined up, hoping to get a glimpse of a Zao Wou-ki for their Instagram post. Now, if you want something fresh, you can walk a few doors down and be captivated by Yuz Museum’s latest exhibition, a solo show by Eddie Martinez. It also happens to be the artist’s first exhibition in China!
From November 7, 2019 – January 12, 2020, Yuz Museum is proud to present Open Feast, a solo exhibition by Brooklyn based artist Eddie Martinez. The exhibition is inspired by Yuz Museum and comprise of two centerpieces, Open Feast and Mandala in the Sky. Both remains as the largest artworks the artist has ever created. Measure at 3-meter by 19-meter in total, Open Feast wholly represents Martinez oeuvre. Another magnificent piece, Mandala in the Sky, presents in a circular canvas, measuring at 5-meter wide, with the artist’s signature on the back. It hangs beautifully across the Yuz cafe. Now, I have to be honest. I am not the biggest fan of Martinez’ work; I do understand the hype, nor did I feel connected with his work. However, as I was installing the exhibition with the team, I had to examine the work in close proximity. After days with the painting, I still feel emotionally distant. Yet, I noticed a change within myself – an openness to understand the artistic expression beyond its visual content.
Martinez is known for his demonstration of vibrant colours and the use of line. In his creative process, he utilizes a variety of materials to show his artistic expressions. In particular, spray paint, oil paint, acrylic paint, oil bar, collage, linen, sharpie and push-pins are used to compose Open Feast. Alone with the painting, one can observe voluminous paint and materials rising from the surface. Engulfed by the volume of the canvas, viewers can trace expressive gestures and brushstrokes cascading all over the wide surface. The artist is dedicated in exploring the notion of the maximum within a minimal and contained space. As early as the 1940’s, similar concepts have been explored by Picasso and other abstract expressionist artists. The interrelated relationship of painting, a traditional method of expression, and a flat surface has always intrigued artists in deconstructing conventional means of portraying spatial depth. In particular, Martinez’ contemporary expression and exploration instantly reminds me of the Spatialise movement, especially Lucio Fontana’s tagil (cut) series, which questions the possibility of infinity beyond the restraints of a two-dimensional canvas.
While Martinez encourages open interpretation, Open Feast demonstrates structural similarity with Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper. Figures of side profiles and distorted faces shares stylistic similarity with Basquiat and Picasso. Note of the artist’s influence of Yuz Museum, I would interpret Open Feast as a celebration of Yuz’ partnership with LACMA and Qatar Museums, as well as future collaborations to come.
As the exhibition has officially launched, it reminds me of the following: to understand a painting is to also observe the inspiration that shaped the completed work. Hanging across Open Feast are a number of drawing studies that attributes to the magnificent painting. The contrast in size certainly engages viewers to observe his quiet process.
As a collective, this exhibition is a complete representation of Eddie Martinez’ talent and potential. Open Feast certainly introduces the artist’s modus operandi that will surely be remembered from now onwards.
a solo exhibition by Eddie Martinez
Date: 2019.11.7 – 2020.1.12
Venue: Yuz Museum, West Bund, Shanghai