“Well Hung” Artists: Feature on Alfredo Martinez

**titled Spazz 18

Yes, Mint&Serf of Well Hung got THE Alfredo Martinez who assisted Donald Baechler, was imprisoned after he had forged Basquiat drawings, mimicked Ghandi’s cool and collective approach to social reform, and went on a hunger strike to protest New York State Prison Laws prohibiting art in jail. Martinez has always had a penchant for big bangs, not just in the press. In 2006 Mint&Serf featured Martinez in a solo show entitled Arsenal for Democracy: War Corporatism at The Canal Chapter where several artillery-sized nonfunctioning guns along with a collection of small ink drawings were on display. In Spazz 18, Martinez constructs his collaged paper by hand and depicts a large, boldly-colored gun. His minimal color palette and flatten subject matter nearly form an engineer plan, boldly informing the viewer that Martinez knows what he is doing. There is no intentional marking on the drawing to suggest Martinez has a conceptual seed planted somewhere in the pistol. His precise rendering of a gun separates him from the work, therefore opening up a dialogue between viewer and drawing. Echoing Warhol’s Crash series, Spazz 18 merely forces the viewer to fixate on an image that confronts Americans daily and to consider it art.

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About Megan M. Garwood

Megan M. Garwood is a New York City-based editor, art critic, commentator and aesthetician, as well as the Associate Director at Leslie Feely Gallery on 68th and Madison. Her guilty pleasures include metaethics, morality, conceptual art, and Coney Island side shows. Feel free to contact her via email at megan@whitehotmagazine.com.
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