In No Man’s Land

In No Man’s Land
works on paper by Max-Carlos Martinez
Thursday, February 16
Reception: 7-10pm
Discussion: 8pm
Temporary Agency @ TWOFORTY
240 Broadway Apt. 406
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Buzz #406
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“I have painted images of extreme violence, how we as neighbors destroy each other. My main focus is portraiture, prominent figures in the creation of our ideals. And I continue to paint subjects who steered the outcome of social politics. But I also like to paint the forgotten common person, they who were simply living and whose lives were obliterated by this onslaught.” – Max-Carlos Martinez
Temporary Agency is pleased to announce In No Man’s Land, a solo exhibition of recent paintings by internationally recognized artist, Max-Carlos Martinez. For decades, Max has continually channeled the misdeeds of the nation, current or historical, into a subversive revolt through portraiture of the Southwest. The abstracted historical portraits remove or confuse culturally identifying characteristics, colorfully and subtly making space for the individual. Having experienced extensive bullying for being gay, Max paints American figures on all sides of varying conflicts in order to confront that persecution, which reflects all forces using power to harm or intimidate. The bullying of the current administration has “made me even gayer,” he says.

In conjunction with the one night exhibition will be a discussion in the round focused on Max’s current work, how it enters the political sphere, and the tyranny that we face today. How do we respond to the demoralization and brutality toward the queer person, the immigrant, the woman, the native, and all people of color? The discussion around Max’s work will be led by artists and educators Marissa Bluestone and Jake Davidson.

Self taught artist, Max-Carlos Martinez was born in 1961 in Albuquerque, and began painting in 1979. He moved to New York City in 1981, where he lived, painted, attended residencies, and exhibited works for 29 years. He returned to New Mexico in 2010 and began an artist residency at El Zaguán in Santa Fe, where he has been living since. Martinez has exhibited works in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally. Most recent achievements include solo exhibitions at the Center for Contemporary Art in Santa Fe and the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque. He was featured on New Mexico’s PBS weekly art series ¡Colores!.

Marissa Bluestone (b. Englewood, New Jersey) lives and works in Queens. Her work has been included in various group and two-person shows in New York City including Hunter College’s 205 Hudson Gallery, The New School, MoMA’s PS1, and Present Company. She was awarded a residency at Vermont Studio Center in 2014 and was a finalist for the Basil Alkazzi Award for excellence in Painting through NYFA. She is a teaching artist at The Whitney, MoMA, Bellevue Hospital, Terrance Cardinal Cooke Nursing Home, and the Healing Arts Initiative. She holds a BA from Bard College and completed an MFA at Hunter College in 2014.

Jake Davidson is an artist that uses moving image, research, and narration. His interests include digital colonialism and the search for micro-autonomies. Works have recently been exhibited at Anthology Film Archives, Allgold PS1, Terminal Projects, Higher Pictures, Temporary Agency, Recess Project Space, and Family Business in New York, as well as the Center for Electronic Arts in Norway, Syndicate Potentiel in France, Uganda in Jerusalem, and the Athens Video Art Festival in Greece. Jake was the recipient of the Oslo Grant, and a former artist in residence at Seven-Below in Vermont and the European Exchange Academy in Berlin. He holds a BFA from CalArts and an MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College. He is currently a lecturer at Yale University.


TWOFORTY is a multi use space for exhibitions, performance, screenings, roundtable discussions, and an occasional home to Temporary Agency.


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