Martine Gutierrez: Artist Talk (Virtual)
Thursday, October 7, 2021
6:30pm CT / 7:30 pm ET
FREE and open to the public
Martine Gutierrez is a chameleon-like artist whose photos, performances, and videos deconstruct glittery conventions of fashion, beauty, advertising, and glamour. She instigates a similar reinvention of gender, race, and identity—translating her Mayan heritage and Guatemalan-American ethnicity into an evocative platform to (re)discover, embellish, and amplify bodies “outside of the binary.” Inspired by ancient Aztec deities that embody historical models of duality and gender-fluidity, Gutierrez explains, “My authenticity has never been to exist singularly, whether in regard to my gender, my ethnicity, or sexual orientation. My truth thrives in the gray area…” Within this amorphous arena of self-exploration, the artist explores the ways in which sexuality and style are constructed and propagated in popular media—from clothing lines and cosmetics to perfume, haute couture, and music videos.
Gutierrez lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Gutierrez received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2012. She is also a published musician and has produced several commercial videos. Her work has been featured in several museum solo exhibitions, including the Whitney Museum of American Art’s upcoming Martine Gutierrez: Supremacy public art installation; Public Art Fund’s ANTI-CON (2021); the Blaffer Art Museum, University of Houston’s Martine Gutierrez: Radiant Cut (2021); Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago’s Martine Gutierrez (2021); the Rockwell Museum’s Martine Gutierrez Takeover; Australian Centre for Photography’s Martine Gutierrez ‘Body en Thrall’ (2020), the Museum of Modern Art Fort Worth’s FOCUS: Martine Gutierrez (2019), and the Contemporary Art Museum, Raleigh’s WE & THEM & ME (2016). Her work also has been included in several national and international group exhibitions and private collections.
Martine Gutierrez: Radiant Cut is on view at Blaffer Art Museum through October 24.