April 28 - July 29, 2022

 


IF we were to parse this title, we’d ask for the meaning of “truth” and “self,” and perhaps most contentious, the significance of “my” or “mine.” I’m interested, however, in the ordinary language sense of this statement. How do we understand it?

EACH of the four artists in this exhibition interprets the phrase differently, but primarily in relation to their art. It is enlightening to look at their individual works here, at least once, through the lens of their statements.

THE title reminds me of the impetus behind the founding of the Martinez Gallery in April 2001, namely, my desire to foreground the work of Latino artists without neglecting the art of others I liked. Because of the Latino connection, the Gallery has also become known as a site that encourages artists from groups often disregarded by mainstream galleries. As a result, the Gallery has grown in exhibiting a broad array of artists from different backgrounds and ethnicities.

DESPITE being a commercial gallery, at the start I decided to present artists whose work I admired or thought significant, and not merely be guided by an artist’s commercial appeal. Being true to myself has been performing with this notion as a guiding principle.



Introduction by Laudelina Martinez, Curator

Hannah Davis, Curatorial Assistant


 

 

True to myself, I love painting the figure as well as the mundane. The images that I create, mostly about my cultural heritage and identity, speak about truth… my truth. Expressive in nature, bold, filled with irony, allegory and sometimes parody, my attempt is to remain as authentic as I possibly can in my vision as a painter. I derive great joy in the process of creation and/or invention. Filled with freedom and unencumbered by rules, my images dance all over the canvas always revealing a narrative. This is my way and my inspiration.

 

Roxanna Melendez

Pensativa, 2022

Oil on Canvas

48 x 24"

$2,900

Roxanna Melendez

Nostalgia, 2022

Oil on Canvas

48 x 24"

$3,300

Roxanna Melendez

Sabado a las 3PM, 2022

Oil on Canvas

40 x 30" 

$3,000

Roxanna Melendez

Hace un Tiempo Atras, 2022

Oil on Canvas

30 x 40"

$3,500

Roxanna Melendez

La Lumbrera, 2022

Mixed Media on Canvas

24 x 18"

$2,750

Roxanna Melendez

Pedro, 2022

Oil on Canvas

48 x 24"

$3,300

Roxanna Melendez

Ay, Que lindos los Pichones, 2022

Oil on Canvas

30 x 40"

NFS

Roxanna Melendez

Ese Pobre Lechon, 2022

Oil on Canvas

40 x 30"

$2,700

Roxanna Melendez

At the Circus, 2020

Oil on Canvas

24 x 26"

$2,850

Roxanna Melendez

Pasando el Tiempo, 2022

Oil on Canvas

30 x 40"

$3,500

 

 

True to myself means having the courage to create, to make a mark, even if one is unsure of the outcome. It means to jump not really knowing if critical acclaim will catch you.

 

George Simmons

Cudjoe 1, 2022

Digital Drawing, Archival Inkjet Print

14 x 11," Unframed

$450 + Shipping

George Simmons

Oblation 1, 2022

Digital Drawing, Archival Inkjet Print

14 x 11," Unframed

$450 + Shipping

George Simmons

Blueprint 1, 2021

Digital Drawing, Archival Inkjet Print

14 x 11," Unframed

$450 + Shipping

George Simmons

Dancing on Smoke, 2021

Digital Drawing, Archival Inkjet Print

14 x 11," Unframed

$450 + Shipping

George Simmons

Eden Walk 1, 2021

Digital Drawing, Archival Inkjet Print

14 x 11," Unframed

$450 + Shipping

George Simmons

After the Split 1, 2022

Digital Drawing, Archival Inkjet Print

14 x 11," Unframed

$450 + Shipping

George Simmons

Eden Walk 3, 2021

Digital Drawing, Archival Inkjet Print

14 x 11," Unframed

$450 + Shipping

George Simmons

Skull, 2021

Digital Drawing, Archival Inkjet Print

14 x 11," Unframed

$450 + Shipping

George Simmons

Forest Repose, 2021

Digital Drawing, Archival Inkjet Print

14 x 11," Unframed

$450 + Shipping

George Simmons

Oblation 2, 2022

Digital Drawing, Archival Inkjet Print

14 x 11," Unframed

$450 + Shipping

George Simmons

Shoat, 2021

Digital Drawing, Archival Inkjet Print

14 x 11," Unframed

$450 + Shipping

George Simmons

Tree, 2021

Digital Drawing, Archival Inkjet Print

14 x 11," Unframed

$450 + Shipping

 

 

What I feel compelled to paint is rarely an observed landscape, an identifiable figure, or specific assembled objects in a still life.  Rather, to be true to myself, I paint "frames" from the films in my head which these subjects connote or suggest.  By so doing, I'm making films, just one frame at a time...

 

Gary Masline

Awaiting a Decision, 2017

Oil on Canvas

24 x 18"

$1,900

Gary Masline

The Mourners, 2021

Oil on Canvas

11 x 14"

$1,750

Gary Masline

Who? Why?, 2016

Oil on Canvas

11 x 14"

$1,550

Gary Masline

Disconnected, 2013

Oil on Canvas

10 x 30"

SOLD

Gary Masline

Twisted, 2006

Oil on Canvas

36 x 18"

$2,100

Gary Masline

Out on the Prarie, 2021

Oil on Canvas

20 x 20"

NFS

Gary Masline

Avarice, 2008

Oil on Canvas

18 x 24"

$2,100

Gary Masline

Of Ruins and Resilience, 2022

Oil on Canvas

16 x 12"

$1,700

Gary Masline

Out West, 1999

Oil on Canvas

36 x 60"

$4,500

Gary Masline

Snow White Takes Manhattan, 2013

Oil on Canvas

20 x 20"

$2,900

 

 

As an immigrant, I stayed True To Myself with the powerful idea of taking down frontiers, fences, border crossings, elements that divide us and turn all the material from these dividers into works of arts. For the last 6 years, I've been collecting material from border crossings at various locations from around the world.

 

Alexis Mendoza

Days are one, 2020

Mixed Media on Repurposed Wood

29 x 22"

$5,000

Alexis Mendoza

Thousands More, 2021

Mixed Media on Repurposed Wood

38.75 x 20.5"

$4,000

Alexis Mendoza

Let them come, 2021

Mixed Media on Repurposed Wood

34.5 x 24.25"

$5,500

Alexis Mendoza

There will be no..., 2021

Mixed Media on Repurposed Wood

29.25 x 22"

$4,000

Alexis Mendoza

M. O. T. C. E. 34, 2021

Mixed Media on Paper, Unframed

14" x 11"

$400  + Shipping

Alexis Mendoza

M. O. T. C. E. 50, 2021

Mixed Media on Paper, Unframed

14" x 11"

$400 + Shipping

Alexis Mendoza

M. O. T. C. E. 12, 2021

Mixed Media on Paper, Unframed

14" x 11"

$400 + Shipping

Alexis Mendoza

M. O. T. C. E. 62, 2021

Mixed Media on Paper, Unframed

14" x 11"

$400 + Shipping

Alexis Mendoza

M. O. T. C. E. 19, 2021

Mixed Media on Paper, Unframed

14" x 11"

$400 + Shipping

Alexis Mendoza

Horizonte, 2020

Mixed Media on Repurposed Wood

31.25 x 25.5"

$5,500

Alexis Mendoza

Help Point, 2020

Mixed Media on Repurposed Wood

39.25 x 21.25"

$5,500

Alexis Mendoza

The seeds of the Future Glories, 2020

Mixed Media on Repurposed Wood

31.25 x 25.5"

$5,500

Alexis Mendoza

Today is the Making of Tomorrow, 2021

Mixed Media on Repurposed Wood

30.5 x 24"

$5,500

 

 

 

Roxanna Melendez is a visual artist, who oftenuses Caribbean themes in her paintings. Born in Puerto Rico, she graduated withan MSW from Columbia University and studied art at Hunter College and at The ArtStudents League. 

George Simmons is an Upstate NewYork artist who focuses on printmaking, painting and fine art photography. Agraduate of the University of Wisconsin with an MFA in studio art, Simmonsexhibits regionally and has been the recipient of photography awards.

Gary Masline is a landscape and figurative artist, whose works presentwide and expansive American panoramas in which humans try to toil. Hisbackground includes training in the law, a career as a government official, andactive participation in a community of Upstate New York artists.

Since arriving in New York City fromCuba in the mid 1990’s, Alexis Mendoza has carved a path as a painter, artwriter, and independent curator. He trained as a conservator and graduated fromcollege in Havana. He exhibits in museums and galleries worldwide.

 

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