Daniel Joseph Martinez.
A Life of Disobedience.
Photographs by Daniel Joseph Martinez. Text by Hakim Bey, Michael Brenson, David Levi Strauss, Gilbert Vicario.
Hatje Cantz, 2010. 248 pp., 377 color illustrations, 9¾x12¾".
For more than 30 years, Los Angeles-born artist Daniel Joseph Martinez has been honing his politically-inflected practice, which critic Jeffrey Kastner has characterized as 'unapologetically prob(ing) uncomfortable issues of personal and collective identity, seeking out threadbare spots in the fabric of conventional wisdom.' A wry provocateur, Martinez incorporates an impressive array of media including text, painting, photography, sculpture, video, performance-even animatronics. Known for the controversial pin he created as an interactive piece for the 1993 Whitney Biennial that read, 'I can't imagine ever wanting to be white,' this volume, with essays by Michael Brenson, David Levi Strauss, Hakim Bey and Gilbert Vicario, provides an in-depth look at selected works from 1978 through Martinez's 2008 Whitney Biennial entry, 'Divine Violence,' including his contributions to the San Juan Triennial in 2004, the Cairo Biennial in 2006 and the Moscow Biennial in 2007.