Daniel Joseph Martinez lives and works in the Crenshaw District of South Los Angeles. Using forms of strategic engagement and illusion, his work focuses on themes of contamination, history, nomadic power, cultural resistance, dissentience and systems of symbolic exchange. One ongoing project is the building of a doomsday machine, a transporter and a time machine to change the past in order to affect the future. Martinez has participated in the Whitney, Cairo, and Moscow Biennials; exhibited at the Orange County Museum of Art and El Museo Del Barrio. Upcoming exhibitions and projects include Dublin, Ireland; Santiago, Chili; Tijuana, Mexico and the 2008 California Biennial. In the spring of 2009 Hatja Cantz in Germany will publish a new artist monograph. Martinez is a Professor of Theory, Practice, and Mediation of Contemporary Art at the University of California Irvine, where he teaches in the Graduate Studies Program and New Genres Department.
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