In "INTRO," Local Artist Alan Gutierrez is Working It
It's Thursday afternoon at the recently renovated Emerson Dorsch Gallery, and everything is still -- except the moving stock images on TV screens. Observers stand silently, observing the pieces of art around them: boxes on the floor, paintings on the wall, and plasma TVs placed on the floor, the wall, and a table, all illuminated by a stage-lighting system. Movement commences as people walk towards the next piece, but then there's absolute silence once again.
Alan Gutierrez's "INTRO" at Emerson Dorsch.
The serenity of the room is interrupted when artist Alan Gutierrez enters the room and the formerly entranced observers turn to greet him.
"INTRO" is Gutierrez's debut solo exhibition, and it happened in his hometown of Miami at the renovated Emerson Dorsch Gallery.
"I don't know if I expected it to happen in Miami, but it's perfect that it did. I lived in New York for a bit and I didn't feel the vibe, but then I came to Miami and I felt it. It's beautiful," said Gutierrez.
"INTRO" is the aftermath of the artist's research of experimental theater as a form to tell a narrative in a non-narrative way. The exhibit, now running through July 20, is simple and consists of video, sculpture, and paintings while incorporating theoretical and theatrical ideas. Gutierrez presents Night, a series of paintings; the Elevated Surfaces series of sculptures; and Studio-work, a series of videos.
For his first solo show, Gutierrez plays with the idea of work. He claims that the call to "work" is the work itself. Though the pieces appear like art-objects, which indeed they are, they better function as props that allude to their creation and their creator -- the labor and the laborer. Performance of work would be neglected if not for a live representation, the work itself.
With his exhibition comes awareness, and that is where Gutierrez chose to begin "INTRO."
A video of writing -- the beginning of the artist's process.
"That's why this is a video of writing. For me that is the beginning. For me it was a year of research, reading, and writing. The production itself wasn't as laborious. Once you got it, you got it," said Gutierrez.
Painters, college students, executives out of work, and supporters- all types of people flowed into the gallery to witness Gutierrez' debut. Several people walked around the exhibit with a beer in hand, ready to examine the artwork and get a grip on the artist's mind.