PATRICK MARTINEZ: LOOK WHAT YOU CREATED

NOVEMBER 4, 2021 – APRIL 24, 2022

The events that transpired in 2020 changed our world forever. America grappled with the pandemic, presidential election, tragic events, and systemic injustices faced by people of color to unveil a deeply divided nation. Through social media, protests, marches, and calls for accountability and equity, a new urgency arose, and artists across the United States responded with a profound reaction and message.

In his first solo museum exhibition in the American Southwest, Los Angeles-based artist Patrick Martinez (b. 1980, Pasadena, CA) explores personal, civic, and cultural loss in communities of color, discrimination, displacement, and demands accountability and transparency. Look What You Created, both the title and work in the exhibition, is an ambiguous phrase addressing both past challenges of fixed power systems and the present examples of democracy in action.

Martinez’s art takes on various forms in a variety of media, including mixed-media painting, neon signs, and cake paintings. Expanding his practice over the last year, Martinez explores socially engaged and accessible forms of work such as mass-produced lawn signs, a charitable art initiative folder project, and clothing. Captivating and provocative, Look What You Created exemplifies Martinez’s ability to invoke conversations about equity, empathy, humanity, and connection.

On view in the Kasser Family Wing of Latin American Art

Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block

140 North Main Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701

Tucson Museum of Art – Connecting Art to Life

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