NWSA professor Maria Martinez-Canas presents What Remains - solo exhibition in NYC

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Maria Martinez-Canas piece from solo exhibitionMiami, FL – New World School of the Arts photography professor Maria Martinez-Cañas, will present her sixth solo exhibition at Julie Saul Gallery, entitled What Remains. The show brings together two distinct and temporally disparate bodies of work: vintage photographic prints from the artist’s formative years in the early 1980s and new works on paper. Throughout her career, Martinez-Cañas has experimented with alternative processes and is known for exploring the subjects of identity, body, and nature. Presenting techniques that range from appropriation to photo collage, What Remains, aims to explore the dichotomy of presence and absence of the subject. The exhibition will include several of the first prints she made working towards her BFA at the Philadelphia College of Art in 1982. Martinez-Cañas’s signature technique of constructing Rubylith negatives is first seen here in delicate whispers of the bold work that follows. Rubylith is a translucent red masking film that was used mainly by graphic designers before the digital era. Martinez-Cañas developed a complex process of assembling negatives using a mosaic of abstract forms and actual negatives. The Black Series (1980-81) and Fragment Pieces (1981-84) mark an experimental period that would later inform her large-scale Black Totems (1991-92). Although Martinez-Cañas has exhibited extensively over the last 35 years, most of the work included in What Remains has not been seen publicly. Opening Reception: Thursday, September 10, 6-8 pm Julie Saul Gallery, 535 W 22nd St # 6F, New York, NY 10011.
In 2010 Martinez-Cañas spent a day at the De La Cruz Collection in Miami with the idea of creating a work based on the Felix Gonzales Torres’s sculpture Untitled (America #3), 1992. The artists’ lives had intersected over the years, first in 1985 when they exhibited side by side in Nueva Fotografia Puertorriqueña at the Museum of the University of Puerto Rico. Using 8 x 10” printing-out paper, which develops in natural light, Martinez-Cañas exposed sheets below each sculptural element, creating 36 impressions that form a unique memorial of her fellow Cuban-American artist and friend. Most recently, in Vestígios, Martinez-Cañas deviates from photographic processes, using reproductions from books. She transforms the images into ghostly suggestions of figures by sanding and erasing the surfaces. What remains of the image are selected traces of its original subjects that resemble unfinished graphite sketches.
Maria Martinez-Cañas was born in Havana, Cuba. She received a BFA in Photography from the Philadelphia College of Art and an MFA, in Photography from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. An artist who works with innovative, non-traditional photographic media, she has exhibited extensively in the United States and abroad, with 35 one-person exhibitions and over    
250 group exhibitions. She is the recipient of a Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship, Umbria, Italy; Cintas Fellowship; a National Endowment for the Arts award; and a Fulbright-Hays Grant, among others. Her works are included in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Arts, Philadelphia; The Museum ofModern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco; The Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Arizona; the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC; among others. Her work is represented by the Julie Saul Gallery, New York; Frederic Snitzer Gallery, Miami; Schneider Gallery, Chicago; and De Santos Gallery, Houston. Martinez-Cañas lives and works in Miami since 1986.
About NWSA: The distinguished history of the NewWorld School of the Arts began in 1984 when the Florida State Legislature established the institution to provide artistically talented high school and college students the means to achieve both an academic education and artistic training. In September 1986, NWSA opened its doors to students in grades ten through twelve. NWSA’s audition-based programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art, Dance, Music and Theater. New WorldSchool of the Arts offers the high school diploma as well as a four-year BFA or BM college degree.
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