Fast Eddie: New Paintings
EDDIE MARTINEZ

MAY 10 – AUGUST 18, 2019

Fast Eddie: New Paintings is a solo exhibition of the Brooklyn-based artist Eddie Martinez (American, born 1977), organized by Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit executive director Elysia Borowy-Reeder in close collaboration with the artist. Featuring over 12 new paintings, this solo exhibition will occupy two gallery spaces showcasing never-before-seen paintings. Martinez’s masterful abstract compositions include the artist’s signature motif of floating heads and gestural sweeping paint strokes. Spanning from popular urban culture to action painting, automatism, and Surrealism, Martinez’s work joins together painting and drawing, abstraction and representation in non-traditional ways. Permeated with a sense of personal iconography, his practice often combines signature figurative elements, such as bug-eyed humans and eclectic headgear with gestural, abstract blocks of color. Energetic and raw, his paintings employ an aggressive use of color and texture with various combinations of oil, enamel, spray paint, and collage elements on canvas.

Fast Eddie: New Paintings is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) and curated by Elysia Borowy-Reeder, executive Director. Exhibitions and public programs at MOCAD are supported by the A. Alfred Taubman Foundation. Additional support for Fast Eddie: New Paintings is provided by The Edward C. and Linda Dresner Levy Foundation, Jorge Saade Tanus, and Mitchell-Innes & Nash.

Image: Eddie Martinez, Time Takes (2018). Oil paint, silkscreen, gesso, spray paint, and pencil, 72 x 108 in. Photo: Stan Narten/JSP Art Photography.