Houston-based artist Gabriel Martinez creates art experiences beyond the traditional gallery setting, hinting at social and political undercurrents. Martinez has intervened in public spaces, suggesting alternate uses and interpretations for empty lots or bus stops without seating. By installing signage or benches where there previously were none, perceptions change through participation in the altered landscape. Martinez is a 2012 CORE Fellow at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, as well as an artist in residence at Project Row Houses. He received his MFA from Columbia University.