Provided by Center for the Arts
The Center for the Arts is hosting a free collaborative public art project in celebration of Martin Cervantez’s current solo exhibition. The project will take place on Sunday, Aug. 18, 1:00 to 4:00 p. m. at the Center for the Arts, 9419 Battle Street, Manassas.
Much of Martin’s life work incorporates found objects repurposed into new art forms, creating unique pieces with a variety of textures and shapes. Martin’s unrestricted artistic process is the inspiration behind this public art project, and he will guide the group to create a multi-media sculpture to be placed in Old Town Manassas. No artistic experience or background required.
About the Artist
Martin Cervantez enlisted in the Army Signal Corps in July 1986 as an illustrator, and it has drastically shaped his life ever since. Martin’s artwork and perspective are a direct result of these trying experiences. As a previous Artist in Residence at the U.S. Army Center of Military History, Martin was responsible for capturing the history of the army through his art. Since his deployment, he has found that he can utilize art as a therapeutic tool for recovery and self-discovery. Resilience and Rebirth is a visual exploration of Martin’s art therapy journey, and how its continued use has contributed to a whole new body of inspiring work: the Rebirth.
“My art is about a lot of different things, in whatever mediums I decide are appropriate to the subject matter, reference, and site specific considerations. My talent and skills are unrestricted, so therefore my choice of mediums is also unrestricted. I walk the earth freely, observing, experiencing, and creating. The greatest gift to the creator is the creative. I create, and I share my gifts and love with all those who I encounter. Mind, body and spirit are the areas in which my work has assumed its roles. Meditation, assemblage, and representation are the main components which comprise my life’s work.”