Valli Art Gallery is pleased to present BLINDNESS, a solo exhibition by Javier Martin at our New York location in the High Line Nine from March 7th-30th. Born in 1985 in Spain, Martin is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice is based in the exploration of the semiotics of the world around us. This presentation will incorporate new works from Martin’s Blindness collection, in which he uses light to simultaneously obscure and illuminate the eyes of his subjects and his viewers.
In his artistic practice, Javier Martin has equally experimented in painting, collage, sculpture, performance art and video art. For more than a decade, Martin has applied all of these techniques to the concepts behind the Blindness collection, offering a multifaceted commentary on contemporary life. In his new artworks, Martin creates interactive situations with mirrors and light installations in which his viewers can become part of the art. In addition to these immersive pieces, Martin will be presenting neon collages in which he revisits the concepts behind his earliest works in the Blindness collection. This reflective action—looking to the past and uniting it with the present—shows a new level of maturity and contemplation in Martin’s art.
About Javier Martin:
Raised in Spain, Javier Martin began painting in oil colors at the age of seven, and had his first exhibition at the age of eight; however, he never allowed himself to be influenced by formal artistic training. Traveling, living, and working in countries – from Europe, South Korea, Hong Kong, to the United States – honed his observation skills, allowing him to learn from people and daily situations far removed from his background. In addition to shows at Valli Art Gallery (Miami & New York), Martin has been featured in recent exhibitions at the Collezioni Cattelani (Modena, Italy), the Liang Yi Museum (Hong Kong), and the Seoul Museum. A catalogue of Javier Martin’s Blindness collection will be published in 2019.
About Valli Art Gallery:
Valli Art Gallery was founded in Miami’s Wynwood arts district in 2015 by Franco Valli, an Italian immigrant with a dream to promote an intellectual and historical understanding of Italian art in America. Now in Miami and New York, Valli Art Gallery continues to make major contributions to the Italian art world through acclaimed exhibitions curated by top academics. In addition Valli Art Gallery represents Javier Martin, based in Miami and New York, who has achieved global success in recent years for his multimedia art.