#LaunchTheScene: Your Local Artist Roundup
From experimental galleries and pop-up art markets to graffiti expos and esteemed studio residency programs, Gainesville continues to deliver and grow its dynamic art scene, fueled by the community and university alike. Check out our local artist roundup and come support Gainesville’s emerging visual and performance artists who will be showcasing their work at tomorrow’s launch party.
Self-described as a visionary and surrealist artist, the self-taught Carrie Martinez injects themes of nature, woman empowerment and wisdom into her street murals and acrylic paintings.
Known for her mural titled “The Center of it All” that stretches across the side of High Dive, Carrie’s mystified and dreamlike subjects evoke a sense of timeless beauty. When she’s not at her Gainesville studio or with her two sons, Carrie is running Visionary CrossFit: a gym, art gallery and studio space that she co-owns with her husband Jesus.
Watch Carrie’s magic come to life during her live painting performance tomorrow.
A corporate lawyer turned creative, Mariana Baquero ignited her love for ceramics during a pottery course at the Arts & Crafts Center at University of Florida. After six years of corporate law and imagining a different life, she left her job to pursue an MFA that she completed in 2016.
She especially enjoys making pots for eating and drinking as a way for her to transcend barriers of language, culture and time by connecting people through shared experiences.
As Baquero explains, “My work is not complete until someone uses it, creating a dialogue between me as the maker and them as the user. I find this type of communication to be incredibly satisfying.”
Baquero is thankful for the culturally diverse music and art scene in Gainesville paired with the strong presence of the university explaining, “Gainesville may be a small town, but it packs a powerful punch, culturally speaking.”
Emily Bonani is a social sculptor, using people as a medium to create environments and convey ideas. She is in her final semester in the UF BFA sculpture program.
Emily is currently interested in the complexities of laughter. Friday, November 19th she will be attempting to gather the largest group of people to lie down and laugh simultaneously in the FAC courtyard at UF in her upcoming event titled What We Got Away With. Learn more about her initiatives and upcoming projects at tomorrow’s launch party.
Among watercolor, sketching and mixed media art forms, Chase Lee has zoned in on the unique and malleable material of apoxy resin, a thermo-dependent substance that forms a durable, reflective finish for artwork. Lee enjoys creating within constraints, as he only has a small window of time to manipulate the material to his liking.
“I only have a limited time to work with each piece, and for bigger pieces, it’s a very physical process pouring and tilting that much resin. I place the color but a lot of the ‘form’ of the piece is made by heating and cooling the resin as I roll it in different directions to guide it. It’s sort of like working with lava,” Lee said.
For more information on GainesvilleScene’s Launch Party, visit the Facebook event here.