Thursday, December 3, 2009

Last Critical Dialogues of the Semester

11 AM, Auditorium B04
Monday, December 7th

be there or be square.

Untitled (Self-Portraits)
Part 1, installation of 50 solarized silver gelatin prints
54” x 89”, each- 10” x 8”
face-front plexiglass-mounted and framed, 2007

Gabriel Martinez, a Cuban-American native of Miami, Florida, works largely with photography, performance and installation. His conceptual concerns flow from one project to the next, while the methods and materials he employs constantly vary, and often fuse together. Martinez started out exclusively working in photography and gradually ventured into a more interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary mode and tends to be attracted to the potential & power of performance-oriented, site-specific installation. Although his work has been greatly motivated by the themes of loss, celebration, memorial, and cultural identity for many of his projects, the subject that is usually central to his exploration has been that of masculinity and its various intricacies, contradictions and complexities. Much of Martinez’s artistic career has been devoted to various topics related to maleness and to the further understanding his own queer identity and community, as well as an exploration of male heterosexuality. Martinez’s practice is primarily based in Philadelphia, PA, as well as Miami and New York.

Lectures are free and open to the public.

Tyler School of Art
Temple University
2001 N. 13th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19122

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