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June 12, 1992 | ZAN DUBIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"There's a plague sweeping the country," says Daniel J. Martinez, "that only now is being recognized." And he's not just talking about AIDS. He's also referring to "institutionalized racism, inequities in education and inequities in economics. This country is willing to spend billions of dollars on war, but unable to help its citizens." Art, he thinks, can address all that, particularly those inequities, by giving voice and expression to all.
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April 8, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
The latest winners of the annual Herb Alpert Awards in the Arts, which funnel $75,000 prizes to experimental artists in recognition of past achievements and future promise, include longtime L.A. visual art provocateur Daniel Joseph Martinez and four others based in Chicago or New York who didn't start making their marks until the 21st century. Martinez, who earned his master of fine art degree from California Institute of the Arts, which administers the Alpert Awards, has been exhibiting his work since the late 1970s and was included in both the 1993 and 2008 Whitney Biennials at New York's Whitney Museum of American Art. He grabbed attention in the 1993 Whitney group show by creating a simple white lapel button distributed to museum visitors that said, “I can't imagine ever wanting to be white.” CRITICS' PICKS: What to watch, where to go, what to eat Martinez recently had an L.A. gallery show whose paintings and photographs were inspired by what he'd seen and heard over several years of riding Metro buses through the city.
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September 6, 1990 | ROBERT KOEHLER
Within earshot of the massive freeway interchange that runs like a fissure through East Los Angeles and separates that Latino community from downtown, Daniel Martinez's windowless industrial-zone studio is filled with the workaday detritus of the multimedia artist. On the north wall is a stark image of a skull against a yellow and red background. Sketches, half-finished works and graphics materials seem to ooze out of every corner.
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April 2, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein, Kate Mather and Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
A man described as a secondary suspect in last week's kidnapping and sexual assault of a 10-year-old Northridge girl has been arrested, Los Angeles police said Monday. Daniel Martinez, 29, of West Hills was taken into custody in Northridge early Sunday and booked on suspicion of kidnapping. He was being held in lieu of $1-million bail. Even as the arrest was announced, LAPD Robbery-Homicide investigators continued to search for the prime suspect, identified over the weekend as Tobias Dustin Summers.
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February 6, 1994 | MAX BENAVIDEZ, Max Benavidez is a writer and critic based in Los Angeles.
"I am an extreme person," asserts Daniel J. Martinez. Not missing a beat, he adds, "If I hadn't been an artist, I would have been a terrorist." And maybe he would. Certainly the Los Angeles-based artist takes himself and his artwork seriously enough for the role. Like an uncompromising guerrilla bent on justice at any cost, Martinez is mad and wants everybody to know it. Without apology, he manipulates aesthetics and mixes mediums to make a social or political point.
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June 24, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Daniel Martinez took the lead at about the halfway point and won the San Francisco Marathon by almost a minute over veteran Bill Donakowski. Lesley Lehane won the women's title by an even bigger margin. Martinez, 29, from South Pasadena, was timed in 2 hours 15.31 minutes. Lehane, 28, of Chestnut Hill, Mass., won in 2:35.33.
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January 13, 2005 | Hugo Martin and Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writers
Maureen Martinez was frantic when she called her husband on her cellphone Monday night, telling him that her car had stalled on a submerged road in Highland. She was four months' pregnant and worried she could not wade out of the surging swells. Daniel Martinez said that at the couple's home, he called 911 and then decided to venture into the rainstorm to help. Before he could get out the door, Maureen called back. "She said, 'Hurry! Things are getting worse,' " he recalled Wednesday.
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May 22, 1987 | KRISTINE McKENNA
An exhibition of new work by multimedia artist Daniel Martinez titled "The Human Condition" suggests that the artist sees said condition as being primitive at best. Martinez creates slightly less than life-size figures out of colored concrete, then positions them in tableaux of naked aggression to make the point that it's a dog-eat-dog world, and sometimes the dogs will eat you when they're not even hungry.
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March 25, 1992 | CATHY CURTIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"I've been waiting for the '90s my whole life!" Artist Daniel Martinez paced the floor excitedly as he voiced his passionate beliefs about art and society during an "Art Forum" lecture at Rancho Santiago College on Monday. "The time to act is now! . . . I have a palette of media: painting, holograms, sculpture, film, video, installation, performance, collaborative work--all that was my training to be ready for the '90s."
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November 13, 1990 | SHAUNA SNOW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles City Attorney's Office is scheduled to decide today whether a bus shelter poster depicting an upside-down and backward American flag is art. The words "Ignore Dominant Culture, They Kill In Cold Blood Behind Closed Doors" are printed in bright yellow letters over the turned-around flag. The four-color, computer-generated image by multi-media artist Daniel J. Martinez, funded by a $7,000 Cultural Affairs Department grant, was to have gone up Nov.
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September 28, 2012 | By Holly Myers
Few artists working in Los Angeles today have been as consistently adamant in their politics as Daniel Joseph Martinez. From his famous contribution to the 1993 Whitney Biennial, “I can't imagine ever wanting to be white” - a work whose edge has yet to dull in 20 years of near-constant citation - to his recent trek along the 800-mile length of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, Martinez's work is scored with outrage and the particular brand of analytical fascination...
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April 1, 2006 | David Pagel, Special to The Times
If Daniel Joseph Martinez's exhibition were a screenplay, it would get sent back for a rewrite, accompanied by such notes as "insufficiently developed," "derivative," "cliched" and "pretentious." As art, it's last-gasp Conceptualism, a toothless blend of symbolic politics, stale entertainment and bathetic grandstanding.
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June 10, 2005 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Oxnard detectives didn't have to look far for the suspect in the strangulation last month of a 23-year-old mother of three. Oxnard resident Daniel Damien Martinez, 20, was already in custody Thursday at the Ventura County Jail after being arrested May 25, hours after Lorena Gonzalez's death. He was being held in lieu of $1-million bail on charges of assault with a deadly weapon in an unrelated incident. Oxnard Police Sgt.
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January 13, 2005 | Hugo Martin and Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writers
Maureen Martinez was frantic when she called her husband on her cellphone Monday night, telling him that her car had stalled on a submerged road in Highland. She was four months' pregnant and worried she could not wade out of the surging swells. Daniel Martinez said that at the couple's home, he called 911 and then decided to venture into the rainstorm to help. Before he could get out the door, Maureen called back. "She said, 'Hurry! Things are getting worse,' " he recalled Wednesday.
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June 6, 1994 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Oxnard City Clerk Daniel Martinez is expected to receive a $1,800-a-year pay hike Tuesday, ending threats of legal action and months of political wrangling. At its meeting Tuesday, the Oxnard City Council will consider boosting the salaries of the city clerk and treasurer--an issue that brought allegations of undermining the independence of those positions. "I hope that it brings closure to this issue," Mayor Manuel Lopez said. "But I think it was kind of a problem that could have been avoided."
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April 20, 1994 | JEFF McDONALD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A usually automatic pay raise for the Oxnard city clerk was denied Tuesday by a majority of City Council members, who ruled that Daniel Martinez has not shown he deserves the increase. Martinez fails to grasp the complexities of his position and has befuddled an office that ran smoothly for years, the council decided in rejecting the salary increase by a vote of 4 to 1.
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July 25, 1986 | DON SNOWDEN
"I've only worked my whole life," related Daniel Martinez in the downtown studio he shares with artist Diane Gamboa. "That's all I know--working to make a living in order to have just enough money to do something artistic. "I've never been able to just go buy the materials I need and my ideas all revolved around things that cost money. . . . My mind tends to take me to all the paths I get pushed away from due to the realities of everyday life."
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September 28, 2012 | By Holly Myers
Few artists working in Los Angeles today have been as consistently adamant in their politics as Daniel Joseph Martinez. From his famous contribution to the 1993 Whitney Biennial, “I can't imagine ever wanting to be white” - a work whose edge has yet to dull in 20 years of near-constant citation - to his recent trek along the 800-mile length of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, Martinez's work is scored with outrage and the particular brand of analytical fascination...
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February 6, 1994 | MAX BENAVIDEZ, Max Benavidez is a writer and critic based in Los Angeles.
"I am an extreme person," asserts Daniel J. Martinez. Not missing a beat, he adds, "If I hadn't been an artist, I would have been a terrorist." And maybe he would. Certainly the Los Angeles-based artist takes himself and his artwork seriously enough for the role. Like an uncompromising guerrilla bent on justice at any cost, Martinez is mad and wants everybody to know it. Without apology, he manipulates aesthetics and mixes mediums to make a social or political point.
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January 5, 1994 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rankled by the suspension of an automatic pay raise for Oxnard City Clerk Daniel Martinez, his supporters have embarked on a campaign they say is aimed at reversing that decision and restoring full independence to his elected position. But City Council members contend that the effort is misguided, saying all they are trying to do is bring Martinez's pay raise in line with those of other top managers.
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