IVAN MARTINEZ, Installation Space Designer
Ivan Martinez is an artist and designer from Miami, Florida, now residing in Brooklyn, NY. His work examines the commonly recognizable typologies found within our built environment in order to reassess those objects as a framework for storytelling, observation, and gathering. The resulting work has the ability to be altered and repositioned which consequently embeds, at times literally, artifacts of the transformative and functional history of the object.
Ivan’s main interest is in the implicit social and political language embodied within these objects. When utilized, his work adapts, disappears, or continues to be built as an effect of the user’s/ viewers’ engagement with them. Personal memory, the public domain, and communal archive are explored in an effort to recognize the ethos of specific locale.
After receiving a BFA at Florida State University in printmaking and photography he became a designer and art director for various communication and media agencies in Miami and New York. In 2012 Ivan graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with an MFA in Design for Emerging Technologies. As an artist he has shown internationally, investigating the relationship between objects, narrative, and technology.