Dylan Martinez art often examines the boundaries of human perception. His work challenges the viewer’s expectations through the manipulation of light, space, and the optical properties of glass art.
While influenced by traditional techniques in glass making, he constantly strives to discover novel approaches to exploit the material and create a lens to view the world afresh. Dylan Martinez is originally from Stillwater, Minnesota. He received his Bachelor’s of Science in broad field science at The University of Wisconsin-River Falls in 2008. In 2017, he received his MFA in glass, at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.
Dylan is now running his own studio in White Salmon, WA in the scenic Columbia River Gorge where he continues to explore and push the boundaries of glass. His artwork has earned several awards of recognition and has been exhibited and collected both nationally and internationally.
The intimacy of working the hot glass and its multitude of physical properties are a continual source of inspiration for his artwork. Dylan’s approach to creating new works of art is more akin to a scientist in a laboratory. His projects often begin with a basic idea, material or action and he experiments with it until it takes on a life of its own. Many times, a mishap in a project or experiment will lead to the creation of a future body of work.
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Dylan’s artwork often creates scenarios in which the viewer must question their ability to differentiate between reality and illusion.