entered C-Art Studio, I was greeted by Richard Martinez, who was
downing a cold brew on the porch. Martinez and Ricky Armendariz's show Hybrid
Vistas: Two South Texas Painters, officially kicked off my CAM
reviewing season last night.
Armendariz and Martinez, both professors at the University of Texas at
San Antonio, joined forces once again (they previously teamed up in
2004 for a show at Ken Little's Rrose Amarillo Gallery) to show their
work. As the shows description states, the nine pieces on view showcase
their "interest in bringing together varied and disparate
visual influences to create hybrid statements in their richly worked
fusion of styles is evident once you step foot in the studio. Armendariz
draws patrons in with his acrylic on carved birch plywood work "Blown
off course, guided by spirits ..." a large piece that captured my
attention from the get-go.
Armendariz's "Blown off course, guided by spirits ... "
Martinez's simplistic graphite on duralar (polyester film) works had me
examining the method of each piece, especially "Pacific Dawn," an
oil-on-linen piece that presents a different perspective from each
angle, due to the lighting. (I recommend taking the piece in from the
left side where it can be seen to its full effect without reflecting a
Richard Martinez's "Young American"
Armendariz (who we hailed in our Best of
2006 as Best Up and Coming artist) unites Western history with a
Chicano twist; His richly hued landscapes act as the backdrop
for his carved plywood masterpieces, while he occasionally tosses in a
short phrase (written by Armendariz and influenced by Dwight Yoakum,
Johnny Cash, Hank William and Freddie Fender, to name a few).
borrows from Modernists with his straightforward works that elicits
feelings of nostalgia, with graphite dust scattered around the artwork
giving it a not-so-clean finish.
Richard Martinez's "Untitled"
The two-person show successfully brings
together two different artists who complement each other. From simple
to intricate, Martinez and Armendariz display their rich artistry and
their ability to borrow from great art movements.
Hybrid Vistas: Two South
1426 W. Craig Pl.
(210) 380-6508 myspace.com/c_artstudio