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Opening Night with Jet Martinez and Olek (Hi-Fructose)

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Hi-Fructose online editor, Nastia Voynovskaya, attended the recent opening of Jet Martinez’s City of Eternal Springtime at White Walls alongside Olek’s I Haven’t a Single Explorer on My Planet at White Walls Project Space. In appreciation of the parallels in the two solo exhibitions, Voynovskaya  notes that both artists reference “crafting techniques in their fine art practices.”

Martinez’s show was directly inspired by Mexican folk art practices and honors his hometown of Cuernavaca, Mexico. Many of the paintings are composed of “delicate, tear-drop shaped lines” resembling floral patterns while others are successfully pushed “into more abstract territory as the organic shapes evolve into geometric arrangements of color.” For images view the full post here.

In the WW Project Space, a rainbow assortment of doilies embellishes the floor-to-ceiling crocheted room created by Olek, who explained to Hi-Fructose that her immersive installation was intended as a symbol of freedom and the “ability of the individual to create his or her own happiness.” The show takes its title after a line in The Little Prince, a beloved children’s book first published in 1943 that tells a tale of a planetary traveler who comes to Earth seeking friendship. When the author, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, left New York City to rejoin the WWII war effort as a reconnaissance pilot, he first stopped at a dear friend’s door. “I’d like to give you something splendid,” he said, “but this is all I have.”

 You can catch both shows on view until March 8, 2014.

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