“Each piece goes off on its own little tangent, exploring the past and present of shipping and the romance/realities of a life at sea. In a few pieces I borrowed from the style of the Mexican artist Dr. Lakra, which he sort of borrowed from old film posters and his work as a tattooist. I thought the techniques of overlaying imagery worked perfectly for exploring some of the concepts I wanted to touch on; juxtaposing images of my crewmates with more romantic shipping imagery. I’m interested in people’s dreams and influences that shape their lives. I think it applies to us all, really, in any occupation or path, but I focused on why people begin working on ships, which was a question I asked most of my crewmates. All of the imagery has special significance; some are taken from my own photos and others were sourced later from old magazines, the Internet, books, or old Sailor Union of the Pacific newspapers. There are some historical images of key figures in shipping, such as Andrew Furuseth and Harry Lundenberg, both Norwegian sailors who came to America and fought for sailors rights here in San Francisco. There are also references to Sailor Jerry’s tattoo work, which has been so widely popularized, but was originally made for these sorts of characters to stumble into his shop in Honolulu, Hawaii and find a connection with the art.”- Read the entire interview here.
Too Far Gone is a short documentary trailer shot by a lowly deckhand, Martin Machado. The trailer features Machado’s recent six month journey living and working on a container ship as well as his collections of artworks for his upcoming solo show opening at Gallery Hijinks May 5th from 6-10pm and on display until May 26th, 2012.
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Edited by Jesse Chandler
Music by The Raveonettes
We recently came by Martin Machado‘s studio to see what he was working on for his upcoming show, opening on May 5th, and we’re really excited about his new work! Check out the photos below and the recording at the bottom to hear him talk about his new work and influences.
Click here to listen to Marty talk about his current work!
7×7 Magazine‘s February 2012 issue includes works from some of our artists at Gallery Hijinks. If you are a “creative genius” like Kyle Jorgensen, Pakayla Biehn and Martin Machado make sure to submit your work for a chance to be published in 7×7 Magazine. Martin Machado’s painting, seen below, will be featured in his upcoming solo exhibition in May 2012.
Holy holy! It’s the end of the year already and looking back through the past twelve months, I’m really impressed by how great the art and shows were, and also dismayed by how I forgot some of them. So, in case all y’alls have forgotten because of the barrage of great art you have encountered over the year, let’s review and savor one last time before the end of the world comes (it’ll be 2012, after all).
In March we had The Letter Collector which was a massive group show with all the artists showing their love of script and type.
Post-apocalyptic Sanguine Machine: Antedeluvian Artifacts from Futures Past by Beau Stanton presented us with creation/destruction in September.
Dang. That’s a lotta good art.
We are proud to announce Gallery Hijinks’ feature in this months on KQED Gallery Crawl. Gallery Crawl is a monthly snapshot of current activity in the San Francisco Bay Area’s thriving gallery scene. Featuring interviews with artists, gallerists and curators, the program profiles the latest exhibitions and provides a glimpse into the curatorial philosophy of each space. Please watch the video and read more on what both KQED and My Love For You wrote on this months exhibition.
Martin Machado‘s paintings often stem from photography of his ventures out to sea. In his current collection of works in As It Was Before, he exhibits some striking pictures from his recent trip to Naknek and Kvichak in Alaska. Check out a few close up shots of the two photograph sets.
Thanks to all of our friends and family who came out last Saturday for the opening reception of As It Was Before new works by Martin Machado and Todd Freeman with installations by Aleksandra Zee. For those who couldn’t make it, here’s a little recap of the nights events.
For more pictures of the opening reception, visit our flickr page.