press release

A central theme in Martin Durazo's work is an ongoing exploration of human survival. In his past large scale installations and sculptural objects, Durazo focused on social structures at the fringe of society, such as prison culture, the porn industry, and drug addiction. Merging the dysfunctional with a minimal language of art, Durazo's works are statements addressing larger issues of dignity, justice, and humanity.

In his first solo exhibition at the gallery, Durazo presents a body of work encouraging self-reflection and sensitivity to human issues through learning. Entitled disciplina, the exhibition focuses on an optimistic reading of the word discipline (derived form the Latin root "disciplina", meaning "learning"). On view will be a large scale installation consisting of a wooden deck that will consume the gallery floor, at its center a calmly trickling water fountain. Other works such as furniture, photography, video, and sculpture intermingle with the installation and address specific issues within the larger context of the show.

Martin Durazo received his MFA from UCLA in 1998. His work has been shown in solo exhibitions, among others, at the Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Design, at Post, Los Angeles, and Deep River. He has been included in exhibitions at Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ, the Kansas City Art Institute & Plymouth College, Plymouth, MN, and at the Cypress College Fine Art Gallery, Cypress.


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Martin Durazo