Shantell Martin "Someday We Can" (March 11-June 22, 2017)

Solo Exhibition at Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Shantell Martin in front of her mural in the Albright-Knox's Sculpture Court. Photograph by Connie Tsang.

To celebrate of the opening of her exhibition Shantell Martin: Someday We Can, Martin held a live drawing demonstration in the Albright-Knox’s Sculpture Court.

Using her elegant trademark linework—black ink on white surfaces—Shantell Martin transforms everything from walls to found objects, ceramics, toys, sneakers, and even the faces and bodies of participants and passersby into a signature visual narrative.

This is the first time an artist working with the Albright-Knox’s Public Art Initiative will install work simultaneously at the museum and in the community.

Admission to this exhibition is free during M&T FIRST FRIDAYS @ THE GALLERY on April 7, May 5, and June 2, 2017.

Martin’s work is described as a “meditation of lines; a language of characters, creatures and messages that invite viewers to share a role in her creative process.” She is a former visiting scholar at MIT Media Lab and an adjunct professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Martin has been featured on the Jimmy Kimmel Show, and her hand-illustrated bedroom walls graced the cover of The New York Times home section in May 2012. Her work has appeared in Creative Review Magazine, and she was named French Glamour’s “coolest it girl” of New York in 2011.