Californian artist Patrick Martinez gives illuminating talk about his work at CFAM

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“All American Class of 2016,” courtesy of Charlie James Gallery - PATRICK MARTINEZ
  • Patrick Martinez
  • “All American Class of 2016,” courtesy of Charlie James Gallery
Californian artist Patrick Martinez repurposes the detritus of everyday American life – supermarket-style birthday cakes, Pee Chee folders, inexpensive neon store signage – into ambitious and affecting art pieces about the devastating effects of institutionalized racism on communities of color. His first solo show, American Memorial, is at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum through Sept. 10, and the museum hosts the artist himself for a talk on Tuesday. Discussing “25 and Still Alive,” his series of cake sculptures, Martinez says, “The people I paint on these cakes have been involved in street violence, have had brushes with death and are not supposed to be here. I think the pieces represent a large amount of how our youth is living and dying here in America.”

6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5 | Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave. | 407-646-2526 | cfam.rollins.edu | free

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