"PHORIA" - A SOLO SHOW OF NEW WORKS BY FERRIS MARTINEZ, AT VANITAS CONTEMPORARY
This recent body of work is many things to me: an ode to my obsession with detail, a love letter to the human figure, a joyful - and frankly, surprising - synthesis of explosive color and loose mark making. More than this however, these pieces represent a shift in my practice towards risk, that quality that elevates the materials to something beyond canvas, oil and pigment. As one whose artistic tastes have always veered towards the visually literal, the importance of this change cannot be understated; far too often I have found myself wedded to the reference material to the point of stagnation, resulting in work that, while technically proficient, was increasingly less enjoyable to create.
NOTHING GOLD - LIVE WORMS GALLERY
Join myself and the superbly talented Adriana Villagran for the First Friday of 2018 at Live Worms Gallery.
Work off your post New Year's hangover and feast your eyeholes on some darn fine paintings.
Opening Reception: Friday, January 5th, 7 -10pm
Exhibition Dates: January 5-6th, 2018