The show’s largest and most interesting work is “El Hielo: I.C.E.” by Fidencio Martinez, an artist from Mexico pursuing an MFA in Iowa.
“El Hielo,” comprised of acrylics, ink, paper and pins, is a mixed-media work that crawls up the wall like a spray of ragged, battle-torn filigree dressed in black, off-white, gray and mildew-green colors. The swirl of monochromatic texture rises into a cresting wave, the silhouettes of two life-size figures emerging from it and tending to it.
Gallery I – Justified Art!
March 10 – May 31, 2015.
On the heels of the Race to Equity Report, confirming experiences of systemic inequality faced by African-Americans living in Dane County, Justified Art! seeks to empower local artists to respond to racial inequity in our community.
Fresh Prints: The Nineties to Now
March 22 – July 26, 2015
The Kelvin & Eleanor Smith Foundation Exhibition Gallery
March 14, 2015 - June 14, 2015
The finest works of art by some of the most talented artists in a 200 mile radius of Dubuque. This home-grown exhibition highlights the quality & variety of artwork that is currently being produced by the artists of this area. The 2015 DUMA Biennial was the most competitive call for entries yet with 176 artists submitting 508 works of art. Of those, 48 artists and 59 works of art were selected by the juror for the exhibition.
Fidencio Martinez was born in Oaxaca, Mexico, but was raised in North Carolina after his family migrated. His current work examines immigration, the drug war, and socioeconomic issues affecting Mexico. In his work, Martinez manipulates newspaper cuttings, maps, paper, and painting surfaces to refer to the crafts and customs taught to him as a toddler in Oaxaca – ones used to celebrate festivals and mourn the dead. For Martinez these techniques are a way to reconnect with a time and place no longer present.