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Can you handle Science


The paintings of Mario Martinez (aka MARS-1) seems to ask without pretense if we can handle Science. It is a disturbing question, but one which is worth asking.

Sumo shop calls him an emerging artist, though by my definition anyone who can evoke my sense of awe and matter philosophically is one already. It's said that his unique art stems from West Coast graffiti art partly called urban-gothic, sci-fi abstracts but I would rather call it sci-fi-surrealism.

How his figures project an imposing frame yet showcase so much fragility is a testament to his skills with contrast. Dwarfing a man's face for instance is his own hands, possibly exoskeletons. Though I do not presume to know his art very well, and in a sense understand his true purpose and intentions as a visual artist, I could not help but conjure utilitarianism brought about by our own technological society. Where decay and progress combine, there it seems human folly lies.

Do not blame me for being haunted tonight by his dreams. I know it seems to question the scenario of a post-apocalyptic world, dystopian, looming, yet perhaps here already in our midst. As artificial intelligence becomes more and more a reality we are reminded of our own fragility as humans as his paintings will reveal.

Check his website @ mars-1.com.


posted by Jdavies @ 8/01/2005,


At 8/02/2005 07:05:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heya, saw your link from my tagboard. =) 

Posted by april.zara

At 8/05/2005 12:10:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for hitting back april! 

Posted by jdavies


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Jdavies lives in Quezon City, Philippines and has been blogging since 2002. A brand manager in a leading technology company and a freelance new media/web strategy consultant, he has refocused his blogging from personal, political & sociological observations, to marketing-related efforts and Internet trends that are relevant to his career and branding advocacies.

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