Isabel M. Martínez

Resides
Toronto, ON
Born
1977, Santiago, Chile
Website

Isabel M. Martínez spent her formative years in Santiago de Chile and holds a BFA from Universidad Católica de Chile. In pursue of a graduate degree she ventured into Canada and earned an MFA from the University of Guelph. As an artist, her interest lies in the phenomenological aspects of human experience. Perception is a recurring theme within her practice, and has become a foundation for her to explore the possibilities and limitations of photography as a means of visual transcription for ideas revolving around notions of time, space, simultaneity, and duration; in doing so, experimentation and process have come to the forefront of much of her work. Non-linear narratives, superimpositions and juxtapositions are often employed in the creation of her images; spatio-temporal relations are predominant subjects.

Isabel has exhibited in Chile, England, the United States, and Canada. Her work has been selected twice for Magenta’s international Flash Forward Competition, Framework Foundation's Toronto Timeraiser, and was included in CONTACT Photography Festival (Toronto), FotoAmerica and Bienal de Fotografia (Chile). Her work has also been featured on Centro Virtual de la Fotografía Chilena, Bank on Art,  Ojo Zurdo, Chilenizacion de la Fotografía, and Wegway Magazine among others.

The Weekend

Time is the structure that prevents everything from occurring at once, it bestows order, it is unalterable, unstoppable, relentless. And yet, we still wish we could edit and reconstruct it to our own liking.

What if, as with a string, we could fold time onto itself and extract the temporal distance between two points. What if we could bring two events together and stitch them into a single incident. Photography allows for the flow of time to be broken apart into something malleable. Not a fan of weekdays, I have edited them out leaving nothing but an assemblage of Saturdays and Sundays.

In The Weekend, two different photographs are joined vertically within a single frame, which creates a disorienting “push and pull” between foreground and background. Using in-camera masks, my works are grafted into a simultaneity that challenges the eye; scenes are brought together but never completely blended. These works constantly shift the viewer’s focus between competing subjects, juxtaposing scenes of leisure with landscapes.

Perception is a recurring theme within my practice, and has become a foundation for me to explore the limits of photography. When time and space are dissected and spliced, cut and pasted, a new interpretation of temporality emerges that is dual, parallel, bi-lateral.

Education

2003
Master in Fine Arts, School of Fine Arts and Music, University of Guelph.

2000
Licenciada en Arte, Facultad de Arquitectura, Diseño y Bellas Artes, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Solo Exhibitions

2011
The Weekend, Feature Exhibition; CONTACT Photography Festival, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto ON.

2010
Accrual, TIW Gallery, Toronto ON.

2008
Echo, Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography, Toronto ON.

2005
Chronic Flux (2003 - 2005), curated by SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Center), Canadian Heritage Toronto ON.

2003
Frame of Mind (MFA Thesis Exhibition), MacDonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph ON.

Selected Group Exhibitions

2012
Magenta Foundation's Flash Forward 2011 Group Show, Fairmont Battery Wharf, Boston MA.

2011
Magenta Foundation's Flash Forward 2011 Group Show, Airship 37, Toronto ON.
Magenta Foundation's Flash Forward 2011 Group Show, PhotoWeek DC, Washington DC.
The Shilian City, a Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes production, screened simultaneously at Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral (Santiago) and across all provinces of Chile as part of the National Day of Photography and the National Day of Culture, Chile, August 19, 2011.
Middle Ground, CONTACT Photography Festival, Twist Gallery, Toronto ON.
26th Annual Juried Exhibition, Scarborough Arts Council, The Papermill Gallery, Toronto ON.

2007
Timeraiser 2007, 4th Annual Juried Art Exhibition and Auction, Framework Foundation, The Berkeley Church, Toronto, ON.
Little Dude, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto ON.

2006
Timeraiser 2006, 3rd Annual Juried Art Exhibition and Auction, Framework Foundation, CBC Barbara Frum Atrium, Toronto ON.

2005
13th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Junction Arts Festival, Toronto ON.

2004
Feriarte, Municipalidad de Vitacura, Santiago, Chile.
Modular, FotoAmerica Festival de Fotografía de Chile, Universidad de las Américas, Santiago, Chile.

2003
Collage 2003, The Canadian Cancer Society, 129 Spadina Ave., Toronto ON.
Nth Art Exhibit.001, Nth Art Collective, London UK.
Miniature Show, Station Gallery, Parry Sound ON.
Wegway Magazine, 2nd Annual International Juried Art Exhibition, SPIN Gallery, Toronto ON.

Awards and Grants

2011
The Magenta Foundation, Flash Forward 2011, Emerging Photographers from Canada, USA, UK.
Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant.
Scarborough Arts Council, 26th Annual Juried Exhibition, Honorable mention.

2010
Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant.

2008
Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant.

2007
The Magenta Foundation, Flash Forward 2007, Emerging Photographers from Canada, USA, UK.

2003
Board of Graduate Studies Grant for International Students, University of Guelph, University of Guelph Graduate Scholarship.

2002
Board of Graduate Studies Research Scholarship, University of Guelph.

2001
University of Guelph Graduate Scholarship.

Collections

The Framework Foundation's Timeraiser, Toronto, ON, Canada.
Nth Art Collective, London, England.
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile.

Publications

2011
Flash Forward 2011: Emerging Photographers from Canada, USA, UK, Magenta Publishing for the Arts, 2011.
The Shilian City, a Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes production, part of the National Day of Photography and the National Day of Culture, Chile, August 19, 2011.
Catálogo de Fotografía, Centro Virtual de la Fotografía Chilena, Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes, Chile, 2011
The Magenta Links, curated by Konstantinos Flamiatos, July 4, 2011.
Syphon Magazine (upcoming), Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre, Kingston, ON.
NOW Magazine "Must-See Shows" May 5-12, 2011, Vol 30, No 36.
Horizon (x3) por Isabel M. Martinez, Foro Latinoamericano de Fotografía de São Paulo, Mayo 4, 2011.
Horizon (x3) por Isabel M. Martinez, Chilenización de la Fotografía, curated by Mane Adaro, Mayo 2, 2011.
"The Weekend" by Isabel M. Martinez, Loud Dreams, January 31, 2011.
"The Weekend" by Isabel M. Martinez, Art Sponge, curated by Patrick Caire, January 30, 2011.
Darkmoon Lilith Journal, Issue #4, Winter 2011, Oregon, USA

2010
"The Weekend" por Isabel M. Martinez, Foro Latinoamericano de Fotografía de São Paulo, November 14, 2010
"Fin de Semana" por Isabel M. Martinez, Chilenización de la Fotografía, curated by Mane Adaro, November 8, 2010
Bank on Art, 952 Queen St. West, Toronto, ON May 2010
NOW Magazine, "Must-See Shows", March 10-17, 2010, Vol 29 No 28.
"Artist Portfolio: Accrual", Lighthouse Magazine, Volume #8, 2010, Ottawa, ON

2009
"Same Time, Different Hours", Chilenización de la Fotografía (feature), curated by Mane Adaro, September 12, 2009.

2007
Flash Forward 2007: Emerging Photographers from Canada, USA, UK, Magenta Publishing for the Arts, 2007
Timeraiser Artist's Portfolio 2007, Framework Foundation, Toronto, ON, Canada.
Little Dude, Arts and Entertainment, Toronto Star, February 17, 2007, Toronto ON.

2006
Timeraiser Artist's Portfolio 2006, Framework Foundation, Toronto, ON, Canada.

2004
Revista Vivienda y Decoración, El Mercurio, Noviembre 2004, Santiago, Chile.
Artist Portfolio: Chronic Flux (2003 – 2005), Ojo Zurdo, Chilean Photo-Based Artists, 2004.
Modular, FotoAmérica Festival de Fotografía de Chile 2004 Catalogue.

2003
Wegway Primary Culture Magazine, Issue #6, Fall 2003, Toronto, Canada.

2002
Urología Esencial, (illustration and photography) Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, 2002

Curatorial and Texts

2011
Amblyopia: image quality and image viewing in the digital era, Proof 18 Canadian Emerging Photographers, Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography (catalogue essay).
Middle Ground, CONTACT Photography Festival 2011 (curator, exhibiting artist).

2004
Modular, FotoAmérica Festival de Fotografía de Chile 2004 (catalogue essay, exhibiting artist).

Lectures

2011
Visiting Artist / Talk, Medium and Large Format Photography instructed by Surendra Lawoti, OCADU, Toronto
Talk, Proof 18, Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography, Toronto
Artist Talk, The Weekend, Feature Exhibition CONTACT 2011, organized for Doors Open Toronto, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto. 
Guest Artist / Speaker for Canadian Art School Hop, The Weekend featured exhibition for CONTACT 2011, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto.

2010 
Artist Talk, Accrual, TIW Gallery, Toronto.
Artist Talk, Chronic Flux (2003 – 2005), Canadian Heritage Toronto, Toronto.

2000
Artist Talk, Black & White Photography and Collections, Universidad Católica de Chile

Experience

2005 to present
Production & Inventory Manager, Edward Burtynsky Photography, Toronto ON.

2009 – 2011
Chair, Programming Selection Committee, Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography, Toronto ON.

Juror, Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant, Gallery 44, Toronto

2005
Visual Arts Instructor, TAIE International Institute, Toronto ON.

2002
Photography Assistant to artist Suzy Lake.

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