Gabriel Martinez, Untitled (2017). Courtesy of the artist.
Learn more about the exhibition Everything Turns Away Quite Leisurely by Gabriel Martinez. On Thursday, November 2 from 6:30-8 p.m., the Houston-based artist will speak about the ideas behind his work.
Everything Turns Away Quite Leisurely is the first museum solo show by Martinez. The exhibition presents a series of ongoing projects as well as new commissioned work specifically produced for the Blaffer galleries. Martinez starts from the defining signifiers of contemporary cities: lots, roads, cars and debris. Scavenging material histories, the artist composes metonyms of a socio-political landscape in a state of entropy. Populated by oil rags, car glass, brick dust, trash, street names, park signs, and interstate shields and adopting geometric patterns and structures, the museum galleries recall a collection of Modern abstraction produced from salvage.
The talk will take place in the museum galleries.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Gabriel Martinez (b. 1973 Alamogordo, New Mexico) digs into the relationship between art, public space and collective memory in order to uncover obliterated social histories. Wandering through the narrow shoulders of car-centric cities, Martinez operates as a gleaner in a wasteland, rummaging through glass, bricks, trash, and signage. Martinez graduated with an M.F.A. from Columbia University and attended the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York. He has been an artist-in-residence at Project Row Houses and a CORE Fellow at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. His work has been exhibited recently at David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University, the Byzantine Chapel at The Menil Collection, the Station Museum in Houston, Artpace in San Antonio, Galveston Arts Residency in Galveston, Rice University Media Center and the Houston Museum of African American Culture. He is founding member and director of Alabama Song, an alternative art space in Houston. Additionally, he teaches interdisciplinary art seminars at the University of Houston.