The Showroom

Patrick Martinez: Wolf


13 July – 14 August 2005

Preview: Tuesday 12 July 2005, 7–9pm

The Showroom presents a sound installation by Patrick Martinez, the first stage of the Sound Exchange Project with Parker's Box, Brooklyn.

Patrick Martinez works with sound, video and installation. While aspects of Martinez's practice sit easily within a conventional gallery context, many of his other activities as an artist explore a wide range of practices and models of representation, including industrial design and experimental music performances. All of these forms are different explorations of the ways in which Martinez's work relates to the spectator and his or her perceptions. As if reflecting Martinez's own self-imposed cultural displacement, increasingly his work has become more mobile and physically light: for The Showroom Patrick Martinez created a new site specific installation using sound waves and smoke.

The second stage of the project - a new sound work commissioned by The Showroom - will be presented at Parker's Box, Brooklyn during Summer 2006. Parker's Box is a young commercial gallery, that used to represent practitioners well known to UK audiences such as, Simon Faithfull and Caroline McCarthy, as well as other US and European artists. There were strong parallels between the location of Parker's Box in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and the East End of London (The Showroom's former location) with its potent mix of commercial, publicly funded and independent spaces.

Woof is Patrick Martinez's first solo show in London. Patrick Martinez has exhibited at FACT, Liverpool and is represented by Parker's Box, Brooklyn.

The Sound Exchange Project forms part of The Showroom's programme of activities designed to pre-empt building works that took place at The Showroom during the summer of 2006. This programme seeks to challenge the physical confines of the gallery space, considering it as a flexible and moveable entity through the presentation of the Sound Exchange Project, an off-site theatre project by Cologne based artist, Matti Braun, and other activities.