I collages as a democratic act of radical optimism to explore my identity and create a narrative from a place of power.
Through art I give myself the role of protagonist and construct context for my American, Queer + Latinx experience.
At the core of my creative practice I use my work to initiate meaningful conversations and create opportunities to create in community.
COLLAGE AS A GIFT
Collage was a gift from my grandmother. In the tossed magazines she found at her janitorial job, she offered me an invitation into a vivid world. Tearing paper and putting it together with new meaning, personal context and making a collage as art is a revolution and an act of willful optimism. Collaging has taught me to see potential in the discarded, value in simple acts of creativity and most of all it has given me the gift to contextualize the world around me in my voice from a place of power.
- Luis Martin
Luis Martin / The Art Engineer
Collage is my vehicle to explore and understand the world around me from a place of power, curiosity, and agency. Unlike any other art form, collage is a democratic practice with low risks and high rewards. It allows me to make connections between the visual language of popular culture and historical context to arrive at my truth, without the weight of an imposed narrative. As an artist I get to write my own story in my own syntax as the protagonist.
Born in Los Angeles, and based in New York city, Luis Martin began his journey in the art museums of LA where he worked as a teen. Moving to NYC at the age of 19, he continued to work at cultural institutions before attending art school.
His artistic career flourished through self-initiated projects that aimed to create visibility and access to his art practice and that of other artists. He has exhibited nationally and internally around the world. Most recently in Merida, Mexico where he had a solo show of collages created during his stay.
ART AS PRACTICE
ART AS BUSINESS
Join me on this collage journey!
As an artist it is not enough to make art, I want to share the power collage and art in general has given me. You are invited to join Collage Dream, a community or artist the span the globe centered around collage. Become a member, but a one of a kind collage kit, or just hand out in the virtual studio via a video!
Turn your creative practice into a studio business. Learn to thrive as an
art entrepreneur from a place of power and authenticity. Come learn how to move passed the hangups that can block your journey when you do not fit into the art world system. Let me share the steps I have learned along the way on how to create success on your own terms. Let’s make something of all your potential.
every thursday 7pm EST
Every Thursday you have an open invitation to “Collage Happy Hour”.
Drop in and say hello while I play with paper, hangout with the cameraman and chat with you. There is always music and sometimes AMAZING mail from friends!