The Galleries at Eastfield College present Daniel Ray Martinez: "West Tejanx AF" opening reception
Daniel Ray Martinez is a multidisciplinary artist whose practices engage with the formal language of sculpture, photography, video/cinema, performance, and drawing. Through these mediums, Martinez considers the images, surfaces, and the space of representation in multi-layered works that address the complexities of bodily experience. His interest in phenomenology, or the study of “lived experienced,” has led him to probe how this has been shifted by the digital age.
In his first solo exhibition, "West Tejanx AF," Martinez explores the in-between, otherness, and the “space of queering”, challenging representational constructs that are mediated via digital platforms. He is interested in the liminal space between the self and landscape, the self and digital realm. In Phenomenology of Perception, French philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty posits that what the body perceives will influence what the mind perceives. How then is our conscious experience shaped through the engaging with the digital?
To answer this question, Martinez employs various devices drawn from digital spaces. Googled maps and images, and digital video echo and underscore the 21st Century experience of our digital bodies. In works throughout his exhibition, figurative and literal horizons function as liminal space, and rather than a passing condition, the liminal space is considered a focal point or place to ruminate. It functions as a marker of the “otherness” that Martinez wants to unpack in his work.
Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on view through November 8.