Through conceptual pieces ranging from digital to analogue, Daniel Joseph Martinez engages socio-political issues, infusing art with examinations of contemporary and historical moments. The artist’s cross-disciplinary works use the body, architecture, and language to expose cultural contradictions and test institutional power. His spare, dialectical installations oppose the idea of art as entertainment and belie expectations by combining opposing elements to expose unexpected similarities. The resulting projects critique philosophies and notions of aesthetics and refuse resolution in exploring society at large.
Daniel Joseph Martinez lives in Los Angeles, CA where he received his BFA from California Institute of the Arts in 1979. Solo shows include The Project Gallery, New York, NY (2004, 2002, 2001); the Museo de arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City, Mexico (2001); and Orchard Gallery, Derry, Northern Ireland (2000). Group exhibitions include San Juan Triennial, Puerto Rico (2004); Lima Biennial, Peru (2002); and UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA (2000).