Pow Martinez’s Painterly Figures Are Very Online

In a particularly gripping new canvas on view at Silverlens New York, the Manila-based artist imagines the languid debauchery of disaffected subjects who should probably stop doom-scrolling.

Here, we ask an artist to frame the essential details behind one of their latest works.

Bio: Pow Martinez, 39, Manila (@_powmartinez_)

Title of work: The Dreamers (2022).

Where to see it: “State of Flux” at Silverlens Gallery (505 W 24 St, New York) until March 4.

Three words to describe it: Party, war, detached.

What was on your mind at the time: Problems of the world.

An interesting feature that’s not immediately noticeable: The painting on top is based on Pamela Anderson in Baywatch

How it reflects your practice as a whole: I always paint a scene with a happening that I am reacting to, focusing on specific things that interest me about the event, what I’m watching on Youtube at the moment, or browsing the web. For this painting, I was watching too much news—documentaries about war and conflict, the climate crises, etc. So I guess this painting is my way of absorbing or imagining myself in that situation. 

One song that captures its essence:  “I Love Livin in The City” by FEAR.

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