Driving on I-95 at 5 p.m., you pass a hot-orange light peeking through the leaves of roadside trees. You have plenty of time to notice it because traffic is almost always crawling. But you barely do, the same way you barely notice your elderly neighbor sitting in a lawn chair in his garage every day or the ferns and vines that cover your mother's mango trees.
For Miami native Andres Martinez, this is the stuff of art. He says this after mentioning the bad sculptures littering town during Art Basel.
“I create stories. Each piece is a part of a bigger conversation I’m having with the audience. Paper, wood panels, street signs, found objects, and aluminum sheets are some of my canvases. I choose the medium depending on each surface. Constantly moving between different points in time and space is what influences me. Have you ever been to someone’s house where nothing matches? From the furniture you’re sitting on, the frames on the wall, and the silverware on your plate, but it all feels right? I want my art to capture that feeling.” – Andres Martinez
“Every now and then, you come across an artist that challenges the way you look at things. Those that are not afraid to do whatever the fuck they want to do, with little regard to what you are going to think about it. Andre “Dre” Martinez is one of those artists. A mix media artist that doesn’t hold back, Dre shares his personal journey in his honest, comical and no-holds-barred approach. Growing up in Miami’s Hialeah neighborhood, Dre brings a raw perspective into his own life experience with vulnerability and humor. We visited Dre at his studio in Laundromat Art Space in Little Haiti and discussed art, politics and how the joke’s on us.”
Andres Martinez is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in NYC who now works and lives in Hialeah FL. His mixed media art work is filled with traces of satire, astute word play and a nonchalant feel to it. He is cleverly aware of the type of humor his works carry and is very much in control of the art work he is producing; pieces which set visual traps for the viewer to engage and begin a form of internal dialogue with the work.
ANDRES MARTINEZ, JR.: ESCUCHALA LA CIUDAD RESPIRANDO
(LISTEN, THE CITY IS BREATHING)
Curated by John Loscuito
Andres Martinez, Jr. is inspired by the city, it gives him inspiration and provides him with the materials he needs to capture its essence. Martinez’s spiritual upbringing, combined with his artistic practice, has deepened his connection with these urban materials and their meanings. The word “sacrifice” can describe the process of change that occurs as he transforms everyday objects by integrating them into his assemblages. The resulting assemblages become totems that resonate with the songs Martinez has been singing for as long as he can remember.
The room is silent, but if you close your eyes you can almost hear it breathing.
Andres Martinez Jr. is an artist from Miami. Martinez currently has an exhibit on campus at the ArtLab Gallery, located on the west end of the library. His exhibit captures the essence of the city — Miami.
On opening night at Laundromat Art Space, a new artist-run collective on the corner of Northeast Second Avenue and 59th Street in Little Haiti, artist Andres Martinez unfurled a giant sign over the front of the building. “Sorry we're open,” it read.