First Friday was the opening reception for Amanda Martinez (’10 painting, on the left) solo exhibition, “Smoke and Mirrors” at the Subterranean Gallery, an apartment gallery run by alumna, Ayla Rexroth (’10 painting, on the right). Amanda is currently a resident at the Charlotte Street Foundation’s Urban Culture Project. She is also researching and applying for other residency opportunities. In the future, Amanda would like to move to Brooklyn, NY with some of her peers from KCAI .
Amanda uses pink insulation styrofoam, latex and enamel paints create lightweight, but visually substantial textures and sculptures. The titles and playful forms of her sculpture come from her appreciation of music and the performing arts. I first met Amanda while she was a senior in painting, working on her first solo exhibition at the former KCAI crossroads gallery. I was the manager of the crossroads gallery space at the time, and together we curated and installed her exhibition. It has been really exciting to watch her ideas and forms develop since then.
Amanda is also featured in “CONGRATS” on view through May 18. “Congrats” is a group exhibition put on by alumnus Sean Thomas Blott in his West Bottoms studio, 911 Wyoming. You can also visit Amanda’s pARTnership place studio, 906 Grand Blvd, during Urban Culture Project open studios May 18, 5:30-9, and May 19, 11-3.