Artist Interview / Alexander Martin
Talk about your latest body of work and the pieces you made for collecture
Questions about masculinity, femininity, sexuality, and the stereotypes and stigmas associated with them are what drives the creation of my work. My most recent body of work (including the pieces in Collecture) is a continuation of work I did during a residency at T.H.I.Studios in London. I went to research queer and black identity in the U.K. and became fixated on the architecture and flora. Unlike in my home in the states, almost everything was made from brick. I was also there in spring so flowers were in bloom everywhere. This parallel of a rigid building material with soft bright colors surrounding it stuck out in my mind and was a parallel to some of my earlier work, pairing softness with rigidity. My most recent body of work reflects that contrast of brick and floral I witnessed there while exploring ideas of softness and femininity in a society that does not always embrace these facets of ones identity.
Describe your work in three words
Soft, queer, crusty (same words I would use to describe myself)
What's one thing you still have from your childhood?
The strange urge to always have a bag of things I might need wherever I go, no matter how impractical
Other than the genre in which you work, what other types of art do you most enjoy?
Postmodernism is one of my favorite eras. I have a fixation with really clean 2D work used to activate a space. I also really enjoy strange installations and performances.
Favorite new thing you discovered in 2017
My most recent favorite discovery is Witch House Music. It is strange but enjoyable. Think American Horror Story intro song.
What role do you think social media plays in art? How does it affect your work and process?
Social media has made art viewing completely different from what it once was. The amount of content that is readily available to people is astounding but can be overwhelming. I use it as a way to get a more personal insight into my work. Not only can someone see what I make but also process the day to day occurrences that affect my making. I also love the ability to see this in other artists via social media. I am fascinated with how social media allows everyone, even those who are not artists, to curate their presence online. It gives everyone an insight into a world they might not always be a part of.
What would be in your ideal art collection?
Definitely a Basquiat and Lichtenstein. I would also love to have an artist do a permanent installation somewhere hidden in my home that I could invite people to come a look at. A little secret hideaway haha.