THE ARTISTS: Mario Martinez, known as Mars-1, paints from a penetrating perspective of great depth. Viewers are drawn into his imaginative compositions, overflowing with colorful geometric and organic shapes, which are layered to form unique patterns and textures. His early inspirations include graffiti, animation, comic book characters, ufology, extraterrestrials, unexplored life, mysteries of the universe, alternate realities and the abstract quality of existence. At the age of 13, Mars-1 began writing graffiti in his hometown of Fresno. He later attended Academy of Art in San Francisco, where he currently lives and works, remaining heavily active in the city’s contemporary art scene.
THE ART: A 40 ft. by 16 ft. mural done in the artists signature style of vast, abstracted, quasi-extraterrestrial looking imagery of surreal distortions, contained within spherically convex transparent bubbles. It skillfully combines optical color blending with perspective line work, resulting in a three-dimensional form which echos the anatomy of architecture and the microcosmic structures of biology.
THE STORY: Donated by Kyle Unciano and the Javorina Family, the themes explored in Infinite Tapestry Napa range from very scientific to more esoteric phenomena. From theoretical physics, metamorphosis and collective consciousness, to ufology and examining possibilities of otherworldly principles, the relative link between physical and life sciences are applied throughout. Transitional energies, natural multiplicity, helixes and spontaneous biological occurrences all come together, forming imagery with hypotheses beyond the scope of modern technology.
THE PLACE: 1739 Action Avenue, building wall on the west side of the Napa Valley Wine Train tracks.