Luis Martin is an artist and curator working out of Brooklyn, New York.
He created the term ‘Art Engineer’ upon receiving his Bachelors of Fine Art from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. Through this monocle he is able to use his art practice as a point of departure to become a cultural maker, entrepreneur, community builder and shaman.
Above all Luis Martin is an artist, this is what informs and strengthens the many roles he holds. Martin is Chief Curator and Founder of Parenthesis Art Space and Director of Programming at Brooklyn Brush Studios. In these two interwining positions, Martin is at the centre of a community of artists which he leads as a tribe. In his younger years, Martin worked for several museums, Moca LA, LACAMA, El Museo Del Barrio and later MoMA, all of which shaped and informed his approach to his current art practice.
If there was one piece of art you could feature in, which would it be and why?
I would very much love to explore the work of Anish Kapoor’s Perpetual Black Water Swirl. Part of his new exhibition titled ‘Descension’, which is currently taking place at Galleria Continua in San Giminagno, Italy.
Who inspires you and why? An artist, a family member, someone current or historical?
I am inspired by the working artists around me. I thrive from the synergy of people actively creating and making art as a way of thinking and posing questions.
What are your cultural aspirations? What do you still want to see, do and achieve?
As an artist I want my work to have a great reach, I want it to be in the museums LCD celebrates and in public spaces where my work can affect the environment. As a curator I would like to connect and amplify the work being made by artists outside of major cities to extend the creative dialog and form strong cultural networks.
What are your favourite cultural cities in the world and why?
New York, is still new to me. I have lived in NYC for for over a decade and I am still moved by its energy and spirit. Everything seems possible in New York!
What are you up to at the moment and where can we find it?
At present I am in Los Angeles connecting with artists for my next exhibition series ‘Parallel Lives’, in which I will be taking a group of NYC artists to show their work in LA and a group of artists from LA to NYC. I have also turned my hotel room, Downtown into a makeshift studio for an up coming show in Italy this July.