Eddie Martinez & José Lerma In The Hamptons

José Lerma

Eddie Martinez and José Lerma have a two person show up at Halsey Mckay Gallery in East Hampton NY.  It’s only up until this Wednesday, August the 29th, I know it’s just two days to get there, but these are two of the best drawing/fabric/paintslingers of our generation.  The colors in Martinez’s paintings can’t be replicated in a photograph because the paint is physical, like a thick smear of deep red oil paint that looks like martian roofing slate, or maybe a crack inside an antediluvian sea cliff containing some strange fossil reminding us of how old thinking is, and how we are only here for a little while so we should be kind to each other.  Yes, red paint can say all that.  Lerma’s pirate-like-figuration feels musical, and reminds me of the Clancy Brothers singing a sea shanty “Way haul away, haul away Jose.”  History comes up to us and then recedes like the tide in Lerma’s work, you recognize something and then it is and isn’t what you thought.  This is a good summer trip, like the first time you went to a water slide park after noticing girls/boys for the first time, an expanse of wave pools lapping lazily against a big breasted life guard and tower slides of pure unadulterated joy.

 

José Lerma

 

José Lerma

 

Eddie Martinez

 

Eddie Martinez

 

Eddie Martinez