Gabriel Martinez


Opening this weekend at Samson Projects in Boston, Massachusetts, is a series titled “Self Portraits” by artist Gabriel Martinez. For this exhibition, the artist’s “self portraits” are not of himself, as the title would suggest, instead he conducted several photo sessions with supposed heterosexual men who he lends his camera equipment to photograph their feet at the point of sexual climax. The artist initially presented the series in 1998 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art where he displayed over a 100 images. The work is an attempt to redirect and record the intimate act of pleasure as it relates to the gay male gaze, and to open the imagery to larger social concerns. Martinez lives and works in Philadelphia and received his MFA in Photography from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University in 1991. He has exhibited and performed at White Columns in NYC, Exit Art, NYC, and Institute of Contemporary Art in Pennsylvania. For the exhibition, Samson projects as developed a catalogue with an essay by Richard Torchia.