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Martin(e) by Martín Gutierrez at Ryan Lee gallery

Art | July 30, 2013 |

Photography by Martín Gutierrez

Martin(e) by Martín Gutierrez at Ryan Lee gallery

Martín Gutierrez likes to blur lots of lines. Gender, race, sexuality and class are all up for grabs in his first exhibition at New York’s Ryan Lee gallery, mixing performance, photography and video mediums in works that explore his own fluid identity and personal transformations.

Real Doll, Luxx 1, 2013

Seeing the world without limitation, his work pits individual concern against larger social issues. In Real Dolls, a surreal dream-like series casting Gutierrez himself as a living mannequin, he explores tensions between humour and tragedy in suburban culture.

Real Doll, Mimi 1, 2013

Gutierrez’s chromatically somber videos in three parts, entitled Martine Pt. 1-3, explore the subjects of ennui and apathy by interlacing vignettes, which weave in and out of hypnotic, dream-likes scenes, with reality, revealing a melancholic quest for survival that draws equivocally from the genres of architecture, history and popular culture.


Photography by Martín Gutierrez

Gutierrez subverts his visible struggle with traditional values in a recognizable, post-apocalyptic world that balances individual concerns against larger social issues. Included in the exhibition is a series of 16 photographs titled Real Dolls where Gutierrez assumes the roles of Ebony, Luxx, Mimi and Raquel, four doll personas he created and performed after researching the Real Doll phenomenon of life-size sex dolls. The compositions are orchestrated to mirror each doll’s owner’s desires, combining beauty with the bizarre, elegance with the extreme, and camp with the classical as Gutierrez is cast as an artificial female pawn, solitarily confined to domestic complacency.

Photography by Martín Gutierrez

Humor, tragedy and calculation reveal a brutally honest fascination with the tension between gesture, posture and expression while simultaneously infiltrating and destabilizing pristine suburban culture. The overall presentation is surreal and deliberately ambiguous. The retinue of strange characters may be real or simply fantasies depending on the viewer’s imagination.

Martín Gutierrez: Martin(e)
July 11 – August 16, 2013
Ryan Lee Gallery, New York

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