Glassmaker Dylan Martinez Offers a Unique Vision at Naples, Florida Exhibition

Florida Exhibition
Florida Exhibition
published on February 26, 2019

Color blindness is likely not a common characteristic among artists. But for glassmaker Dylan Martinez, it’s a condi­tion he’s not only had since childhood but that has also shaped his body of work: The way he sees things has evolved into a successful pro­fession exploring, artistically, the boundaries of human per­ception. Three-dimensional examples of this journey can be seen in “Dylan Martinez: New Glass Works,” February 21 to March 22 at Method & Concept, a gallery and design atelier in Naples, Florida. Among the exhibition’s 17 pieces is his Water Bags series, sculptures that look so much like clear plastic bags filled with water—bubbles included—you practically have to touch them to realize they’re molten glass. Similarly disorienting, the cut and polished glass rods in his more recent Mach series refract and reflect light in a riot of color.

Dylan Martinez’s Inverted Logic, a sculpture made from repurposed camera and condenser lenses, float glass, and vinyl, is at Method & Concept in Naples, Florida, through March 22. Photography courtesy of Method & Concept.

Dylan Martinez’s Inverted Logic, a sculpture made from repurposed camera and condenser lenses, float glass, and vinyl, is at Method & Concept in Naples, Florida, through March 22. Photography courtesy of Method & Concept.

Water Bag Series (Set of 3) by Dylan Martinez is made from hollow & solid sculpted glass. Photography courtesy of Method & Concept.

Mach 2 by Dylan Martinez is made from cut and polished glass rods. Photography courtesy of Method & Concept.

Mach 2 by Dylan Martinez is made from cut and polished glass rods. Photography courtesy of Method & Concept.

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Sarah Baker

Art & Design Coordinator

Sarah Baker is inspired by artist studio practices and as the Art and Design Coordinator at METHOD & CONCEPT she is dedicated to supporting the creative process. A graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University, Fine Art program, Sarah is active in the SWFL art & design culture and is an artist in her own right.Integrating her skillset at a maker with expertise and knowledge of fibers and textiles, Sarah collaborates with METHOD & CONCEPT teams to provide an informed experience for art collectors and interior design clients.

Yose Alonso

Associate Interior Designer

Yoselin Alonso is an Interior Designer who focuses on functional design and believes in constructing exclusive spaces that evoke emotion. Incorporating the unique diversity of each client, her design details are profound, ensuring one-of-a-kind personalized spaces. A graduate of University of Florida’s College of Design, Alonso harnesses conceptual and practical skills that bring spaces to life from planning and construction through to the finest of details. Having grown up around construction and design, Alonso is eager to make her mark in the design world as a part of the METHOD & CONCEPT team.

Amy Jensen

Gallery Manager

At METHOD & CONCEPT, Amy is a champion for artists and coordinates season exhibitions and special events as well as outreach and community projects working closely with artists, collectors and community partners. Drawing from an arts education and two decades of experience working in the arts and for non-profit institutions, Amy actively advocates for arts & culture and enhanced quality of life through her work as Gallery Manager for METHOD & CONCEPT and in the local community.

Chad Jensen

Creative Director & Managing Partner

Chad Jensen is an artist, furniture maker, designer, and the Founding Director of METHOD & CONCEPT. Jensen is a true advocate for the arts, his work and the gallery’s programming both demonstrate the symbiotic relationship between contemporary craft, fine art and design.

In 2013, Jensen launched METHOD & CONCEPT as a division of Thomas Riley Companies, to represent international emerging, mid-career and established artists and designers. Jensen has exhibited numerous artists including Matthew Shlian, Peter Zimmermann, Tadao Cern, Kim Keever and Arik Levy.

In addition to his work at METHOD & CONCEPT, Jensen is an active leader in Naples’ cultural landscape, placing monumental public art at The Collective and Sugden-Gomez building at Baker Park. He is the Founding Director and serves on the Executive Board of the Naples Design District and the United Arts Council of Collier County, where he served as president for two terms. Jensen also serves on the Advisory Board of Digital Media Design at Florida Gulf Coast University, where he is a frequent guest speaker, gallery juror and student mentor.

As an artist, he has exhibited at The Baker Museum in Naples, FL; Rudolf Budja Gallery, Miami; as well as Guinevere, London. He has participated in international art fairs such as the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York, NY and the Shanghai Art Fair, China. In 2014, Jensen designed a limited-edition furniture collection that was presented during New York Design Week. Interior Design, Art Basel Guide and Casa da Abitare have featured his work.