Melted plastic cutlery creates mounds of ‘Twisted’ art

After being given a project assignment in her art class at San Antonio College, Diana Martinez was walking through a party goods store when she spotted boxes of multi-colored, plastic cutlery. “Having an interior design background, I tend to see beauty in ordinary things,” she said. “I was drawn to their translucency.”

Martinez knew she found the ideal material for her class project and bought 10 boxes, but wasn’t sure how to melt and fuse them together as she wanted. A friend suggested she use a heat gun, which is exactly what she did. “It’s not recommended. It’s very toxic,” she said with a laugh. “But as soon as they started to melt and take shape I knew I stumbled across something dynamic.”

Martinez will showcase 12 works of mollified plastic cutlery during her exhibit, “Twisted,” which opens with an artist reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 23 at Grayson Street Eatery, 521 E. Grayson.  The exhibit continues through Aug. 31.

“Twisted” is a “feast” for the eyes with such stunning works as “Waterfork Crystal,” “Epicurean Delight” and “Clan of Spoons,” among other plastic pieces that have been transformed into beautiful, strange and unusual objets d’art.

In addition, artist Dan McBain will exhibit several works of figurative and abstract paintings during his untitled exhibit. They are created using latex paint on corrugated paper and corduroy cloth pressed onto hardboard including “What’s Next,” a figure of a male nude sitting on a chair. “I had hired a young man to be my model for my class, and he became adept at doing these melancholy poses,” McBain said. “The pose he took is backward on a chair with his fingers through his hair as if he’s thinking, “What’s next? Where do I go from here?’ ” 

McBain, who has a bachelor’s degree in art specializing in painting from the University of Corpus Christi, is also the owner of Sunset Road Gallery and Presentations Staging. When not working on commissioned pieces, he teaches drawing at Inspire Fine Art Center. For more info about his works, visit

Grayson Street Eatery hours are 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. For more information, call (210) 437-0138 or