"This painting had to do with some ideas that I was experimenting and playing with the fuzzy logic of the geometric and self undulating, mutating shapes. I began pushing and pulling organic shapes and rigid geometric shapes. What the sphere symbolizes in this piece is the relationship between the natural and unnatural and where they overlap . As far as something unique about this piece, I actually referenced a model for the spherical shape in the top center of the painting, which is something that I very rarely do. Rarely do I use direct reference for a painting, but in this case, I loved the shape so much, and it's complex nature, it seemed that would be the only way to truly stay closer to it's mathematical form. The original piece was painted using acrylic on linen and was in my 2011 solo show at Jonathan Levine titled, "Afterglow."- Mars1
This RUN comes signed, numbered and with a Certificate of Authenticity from Mars-1 and 1xRUN.
Mario Martinez (aka MARS-1) paints from a penetrating perspective of great depth. Viewers are drawn into his imaginative compositions, overflowing with colorful geometric and organic shapes, layered to form unique patterns and textures.
The artist signature style of vast, abstracted, quasi-extraterrestrial looking landscapes feature imagery of surreal distortions, contained within spherically convex transparent bubbles. Skillfully combining optical color blending with perspective line work, his painting techniques result in very three-dimensional forms, which echo the anatomy of architecture, and microcosmic structures of biology.
Mars-1’s distinctly individual aesthetic is not easily compared to the vision of his contemporaries or artists from past movements. These 3-D qualities transcend into his sculptural work, as well. His constantly evolving process continues to expand with each new series of work, seemingly beyond the reaches of even his own awareness.
Themes explored range from very scientific to more esoteric phenomena. From theoretical physics, metamorphosis and collective consciousness, to ufology and examining possibilities of otherworldly principles, the relative link between physical and life sciences are applied throughout. Transitional energies, natural multiplicity, helixes and spontaneous biological occurrences all come together, forming imagery with hypotheses beyond the scope of modern technology.