“Fragment” A portion has been extracted or preserved, broken or separated. In this case, it has been decontextualized and changed to adopt the new concept. To appropriate advertising images and icons, a language that Javier Martín has been researching and developing for over ten years, an extension of his concept of “blindness” and a perfect symbol of the standards of beauty in modern society. Explore with and dismantle them. An image that creates a contrast between consumption and technology.
of Diversion of fragmentsMartin uses this space to create a dialogue between the individual fragments and the collective composition that forms the whole, transforming the gallery into a theater filled with fragments, representing the contemporary information overload. A society made up of pieces of information driven by advertising, technology and social media. It questions the veracity of what we perceive by using plagiarism, cropping, alteration and reflection to highlight its emptiness. It takes the viewer into the scene and transforms it into a fragment that invites introspection.
Comprised of three distinct groups of works, the exhibition offers a journey through the artist’s interdisciplinary nature. From the installation “Alma”, part of the permanent collection of the Seoul Museum. Consisting of a mirrored cube, the viewer is imprinted on it and reflected through a neon-lit image. It is the material from which Martin regards it as a form. Public writing, unrelated to art and traditionally associated with popular culture.
He invites the viewer into a room where walls have been conceptually removed and replaced with unlimited light and space. Removing society-imposed barriers fills our minds with mundane and insignificant thoughts, trapping us in and ignoring the possibilities that lie ahead.
In contrast to the installations, CUT, a series of works the artist first presented in Shanghai in 2015, is a thought-provoking series that challenges our preconceived notions about the power of celebrities and how we consume media. Inspired by traditional Chinese paper-cutting techniques, he creates iconic hand-cut photographs that emphasize the use of negative space and the contrast between wholeness and emptiness.
Inspired by the fragments left over from cut pieces, Martin creates installations that are distributed throughout the gallery. Fragments of images that represent the wreckage, unfinished elements that are fundamental parts of language, these large fragments lean against the gallery. The wall presents the timeless and non-sculptural in dialogue with the viewer, questioning the finished, unfinished, or original in contemporary society, and the imagery that allows us to It is a form that explores how we shape our perception of ourselves and the world.
The exhibition is being held at Ascaso Gallery Until July 10, 2023 in Miami.