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A Global Destination for Art: Patrick Martinez and Carolina A. Miranda

February 24, 2022 | 4:00PM - 5:00PM


As a complement to our current exhibition, ‘How Do You See This World?’: The Art of Almighty God, the Fowler invites you to join a virtual studio visit with contemporary artist Patrick Martinez who will discuss his work with Carolina A. Miranda, arts and urban design columnist for the Los Angeles Times. Martinez is celebrated for his suite of neon signs that feature provocative political messages in English and Spanish, and a multimedia approach to art-making inspired by the landscape of LA streets. 

After a studio tour, Martinez and Miranda will talk about the ways in which his work simultaneously takes from and is part of Los Angeles; and how he records official and unofficial histories by engaging with specific architectural signifiers in an urban, vernacular dialogue.

Patrick Martinez (b. 1980, Pasadena, CA) earned his BFA with honors from Art Center College of Design in 2005. His work has been exhibited extensively domestically and internationally and resides in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Smithsonian National Museum of American History, LACMA, The Autry Museum of the American West, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Pizzuti Collection of the Columbus Museum of Art, and the Museum of Latin American Art, among others. Martinez lives and works in Los Angeles and is represented by Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles.

Carolina A. Miranda is arts and urban design columnist for the Los Angeles Times. Previously, she was a long-time independent journalist contributing stories to Time magazine, ARTnews, Fast Company, Architect, Art in America, and National Public Radio. She is a regular contributor to KCRW’s “Press Play” and a winner of the 2017 Rabkin Prize in Visual Arts Journalism. Miranda served as founding co-chair of the Los Angeles Times Guild, the newspaper’s employee union.

A Global Destination for Art
Artists from all over the world flock to work in Los Angeles, drawn by the energy of ingenuity and the space for experimental expression. Join us on Zoom as we visit artists creating in our City of Angels.

Image credit: Installation detail. Patrick Martinez: Only Light Can Do That, 2021. LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, Los Angeles. Image courtesy Patrick Martinez.


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