In 2001 or thereabouts, I was introduced to Eddie Martinez and his work. I was employed at Tokion and I had the great pleasure of meeting a lot of up and coming creative talents. Eddie was one of them. I believe he did a few things with us and along the way, I was gifted a custom painted canvas bag, inscribed with my name. I rocked that bag hard. A lot of people complimented me on it. But I had to finally retired the sack when the canvas strap finally snapped. I still have the bag and am wondering, how I should preserve it. I don't want to ruin the art!
Over the last five or so years, I've been following Eddie's trajectory online. From one opening to another. And for the first time in awhile, I was able to view his work in person again. It was super rad to see Eddie's new work in the group show, "So Wrong, I'm Right" at Blum and Poe. Like the rest of us, his art has matured. Everything's richer. I'm not even going to fake the art speak. But I know he took what he had and made it even better. I only wish I had run into Eddie so I could congratulate him in person. Way to go man!