After having made some righteous waves in Austin for his provocative contributions to Mexic-Arte’s “YLA 22: ¡Ahora!” group exhibit, San Antonio conceptual artist and cultural worker Mark Anthony Martinez continues to make good stuff happen here at home. This Second Saturday at Flax, Martinez’s curatorial talents will take center stage with an exhibition of works he’s chosen from his brother (and fellow YLA alum) Michael Martinez. The exhibit — entitled “Who the #@!? is Michael Martinez?” — will find Martinez continuing his artistic excavation of his own identity as a gay person of color. Employing heavily connotative text, and textual juxtapositions, the exhibit “dissects gender expectations through the [lens of the] artist’s own given name.” Free, 6-9pm, Flax Studio, 1906 S. Flores St., (909) 518-2245, flaxstudiosa.com. — JC
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Posted By Nick Joyner on Mon, Jun 6, 2016 at 12:30 pm
"Sometime this past Saturday, before the early summer storms pushed the opening reception of "Profiling Made Visible" and all of its accompanying fruit plates inside to the gallery space, there was a calmness in Bihl Haus Arts. Inside the small historic stone building located in Primrose at Monticello Park Senior Apartments, visitors were quietly milling around and meaningfully observing the deeply personal and political artwork. The event was a beautiful launch for the community art center's celebration of Pride Month, showcasing the fraternal multimedia works of Mark Anthony and Michael Martinez and kicking off four weeks of art events surrounding their exhibition."