Born in 1993 to first-generation Hispanic parents, Martin M. Medina regularly develops his language and commentary through contemporary paintings, photography, film, and installations. With a conceptual approach, Martin Margiela typically subjects his interests to a wide scale of matters, always preferring to involve the viewer in a way that is sometimes physical and believes in the idea of function following secondary to tactile form in his work.
Most of his artworks and paintings especially are based on viewer associations which open a unique poetic vein. Multilayered images arise in which the fragility and instability of our seemingly certain reality is questioned. By choosing formal solutions, he tries to develop forms that do not follow logical criteria, but are based only on subjective associations and parallels, which incite the viewer to make new, more intimate associations altogether.
Margiela's practice provides a useful set of allegorical tools for maneuvering with a pseudo-minimalist approach in the world of painting: these meticulously planned works resound and resonate with images culled from the tensions between memory and present curiosity. With a subtle minimalistic approach, he creates work in which a fascination with the clarity of content and an uncompromising attitude towards conceptual and minimal art can be cited. The work is aloof and systematic while often promoting ambiguous, technically rendered imagery and decontextualization of certain elements.
His works directly respond to the surrounding environment and uses everyday experiences from the artist as a starting point. Often these are framed instances that would go unnoticed in their original context.
*Martin M. Medina currently lives and works in Seattle where he is also studying as an undergraduate-student within Seattle Pacific University.
Psychology & Comprehensive Arts, B.A.