Grace Church of Logan Square is pleased to announce Fidencio Martinez as the artist-in-residence for the Spring season of Studio 3325. Please join us in welcoming him with the opening of a solo exhibition on Saturday, February 13 from 6-8pm. Open studio hours with the artist will take place one Sunday a month during the residency from 11:30am – 12:30pm and public programs in conjunction with the artist will be announced separately.
Fidencio Martinez completed his MA in Painting with a secondary in Sculpture and an MFA Painting with a secondary in Printmaking from the University of Iowa (2015) and his BFA from the Memphis College of Art (2013). At the age of seven, Martinez was illegally smuggled into the United States from Mexico with his three brothers and mother. Under a recent immigration policy, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), he only now is relieved from the threat of deportation. Referencing traditional Oaxacan craft techniques, the artist works primarily with cut paper from paintings, prints, and maps to form large-scale installations that examine border relations and the stories of individuals living within what he calls a “brown body, the battleground onto which events, perceptions and laws are formed.” During his residency Martinez will continue working on installations dealing with the complexity of immigration in the United States and will plan a series of community workshops or presentations.
Grace Church of Logan Square (United Methodist) is a Reconciling Congregation, which believes that all people are of sacred worth, all people have the freedom to worship, and all people are loved by God. No exceptions or restrictions. The Artist-in-Residence program is designed to offer artists space to work while engaging any and all communities in a dialogue about art. Grace is located at the intersection of Kimball and Wrightwood in Logan Square. For more information on the Artist-in-Residence program, services, and other programs please visit http://www.gracelogansquare.org.