The Molecular Creations of Mario Martinez aka Mars 1
If the swirling thoughts of our collective subconscious could be visualized, I imagine they would look very much like the creations that spring from the mind of Mario Martinez, aka Mars 1. Martinez begins each painting with large loose brush strokes, gradually building layers that become more concentrated and intricate. Colorful clouds of translucent gas emerge, mixing and mingling, traveling in arcs and waves that build into illuminated landmarks across the canvas; the intensity of luminosity is amplified by thin layers of glaze added to the surface of each painting. This collage-like formation of seemingly random organic forms mimics the way stars and planets form inside nebulas; from the mixing elements emerge intricate geometric patterns, creations that resemble models of the Fibonacci patterns found in nature.
Natural patterns extend to his sculptural works as well, seen most directly in works like the Mars Molecule Project which features two massive molecular sculptures and a third that is shaped like a Torus energy field. The largest of the sculptures is nine feet tall and all three are hollow, designed to be climbed as they were at Burning Man this year. Many of his other sculptural creations play with ideas that question what alien life forms might look like, humanity’s relationship to space, cosmology and altered states of consciousness. His work truly is a journey into an alternate dimension, even if that dimension can only be found in the mind.
To continue this journey with Mars1 you can periodically see his creations in person throughout San Francisco, where he lives and often exhibits. You can also find his work on his website, Facebook, Instagram, or Tumblr.
Enjoy the track “Low” by Rival Consoles while viewing the gallery below.
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