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Jel Martinez: Urban Abstraction


Jel Martinez's work is marked by its resemblance to graffiti removal, otherwise referred to as buffs. His usual process begins with texturizing the canvas and then layering it with graffiti and various buff styles, including symmetrical, ghosting, radical, and blur. In this particular series of paintings, Martinez combined the use of his techniques to invite the audience to take a closer look at the process that inspired his style. His approach to this series is unique in that it offers insight into how walls peel over time, as the hidden layers are revealed to create a focal point that captures the audience's attention. Rather than featuring his signature buff shapes, some paintings in this series seem to focus on particular areas of a typical painting. Nevertheless, they are just as easily attributed to Martinez because of the use of texture and exposed writing that is characteristic of his style. 

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Earlier Event: October 21
MAN X MADE / Aileen Frick and Joe Woodford
Later Event: December 16
Tiny Works Tiny Dances II