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
FEBRUARY 9 – 24, 2018
FREIGHT GALLERY, SAN ANTONIO, TX
CO-CURATED BY ALANA COATES, SERGIO MARTINEZ, AND MARK-ANTHONY MARTINEZ`
Call for Art: Images of Power
Freight Gallery in San Antonio, Texas is looking for artists to participate in an exhibition titled “Images of Power,” which will be displayed February 2018. The theme of the exhibition is White Supremacy: past, present, and the unknown future. This exhibition is about fighting and living in a world built on White Supremacy. The idea for this exhibition was sparked by the censorship of an artwork dealing with ideas of whiteness in which the institution felt that they were unequipped to deal with such topics. Freight Gallery has stepped-up to host an exhibition dealing with the uncomfortable and often-times unspoken truths of the history of white power and its current state of affairs.
Artist Submissions are due by November 1, 2017. All artists are eligible to apply. It is our hope that artists from all backgrounds and perspectives will submit. Artists from all geographic regions are welcome to apply, but shipping is the responsibility of the artist. You may enter work created in any media. And there is a $10 application fee (non-refundable) which will be used for the creation of an exhibition catalogue and to obtain a notable contributing scholar.
Freight Gallery is part of the highly popular and heavy-trafficked Lone Star Art District’s second Saturday in which the opening reception will coincide. An art talk (with the forthcoming scholar) will be held on Saturday, February 17th. We expect this to be a highly-attended exhibition.
The selected artist will be responsible for the shipping back and forth, and a high-resolution image of finished artwork (for publication) due by December. And the artist will agree to a 30% gallery commission regarding sales of artworks displayed.
About the Curators:
This exhibition will be co-curated by Alana Coates, Sergio Martinez & Mark Anthony Martinez.
Alana Coates earned a master’s degree in art history and nonprofit administration and leadership from The University of Texas at San Antonio. Since 2005, she has overseen over 60 exhibitions. Her most recent independent projects include Daydreams and Other Monsters, an exhibition featuring the works of Peter Saul, John Hernandez, Louie Chavez and Megan Solis, and YLA 22: ¡ Ahora ! (Now!), the annual emerging artist exhibition at Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin, Texas, both exhibitions received national recognition.
Mark Anthony Martinez was born in San Antonio, Texas; Mark Anthony Martinez is a conceptual artist whose works investigate racialized identity via an “off-white” lens. His practice consists of installation, painting, text and video based works. He received his BFA in Intermedia at the Pacific Northwest College of Art (2011) and MFA in Contemporary Art Practice from Portland State University (2014). Most recently, Martinez served as Visual Arts Director to the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center (2015-2017), facilitating over 20 exhibitions. He currently resides in San Antonio, Texas where he maintains his artistic and curatorial pursuits.
Sergio Martinez owner and founder of Freight Gallery & Studios. Martinez has facilitated numerous exhibitions and participates in art fairs. Freight Gallery has recently undergone major renovations making it a premier exhibition space in the Lone Star Art District.
About Freight Gallery: Established in 2014, Freight Gallery strives to provide the artistic community of San Antonio a creative springboard from which to explore new ideas. With a focus on community and collaboration, Freight is a space in which artists can shed inhibition and push themselves to move beyond convention.