Martinez E-B Exhibit at Beck Center
Beck Center for the Arts is pleased to present Martinez E-B’s solo exhibition "So, Let Them Have Color"in the Jean Bulicek Galleria from February 5 to March 6. An Artist’s Reception will take place Friday, February 12 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This exhibition will coincide with Beck Center’s production of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s "In the Heights", the Tony Award® winning musical.
A native of inner-city Cleveland, Martinez E-B produces work inspired by his upbringing. After receiving his BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art and his MA from Columbia College Chicago, Martinez E-B founded Red Light Go Studios with the mission to create entertaining critical thinking material for the benefit of the youth mindset. Current works include the comic book "Rid-All’s Brink City" about urban environmental sustainability, and the graphic narrative tale "Back Pack Jack"about a young man’s search for self-discovery.
His solo exhibition at the Beck Center for the Arts is a series of paintings and collages. This collection of work re-contextualizes signs, flags, mementos, color, and the notion of social belonging. “We often pull objects from the world around us and place them into our own settings and meanings,” remarked Martinez E-B. “With this in mind, my series of work explores our relationship with the visual language that identifies us, tells our stories, and at times holds us hostage.”
These ideas will be further explored through his Cleveland Institute of Art student project "Speak with me, Show with me." Students from local high schools will meet with E-B at 10 a.m. on Thursday, February 11 in Beck Center’s galleries as he shares his inspirational journey. This opportunity will allow the students to not only meet the artist, but to also discuss his views and artwork in a unique way.
For gallery hours, call Customer Service at 216-521-2540, x10. Beck Center is located at 17801 Detroit Avenue in Lakewood. The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public. For more information about upcoming art exhibits at the Beck Center, visit our website at beckcenter.org.
Pat Miller is Graphic Design & Marketing Coordinator at Beck Center.