Marcela Gutiérrez

(March 13 – April 13, 2012)

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Watercolor, gouache and ink on paper, 56 x 76 cm

ENLACE ARTE CONTEMPORÁNEO Gallery (Av. Pardo y Aliaga 676, San Isidro) announces the opening of the solo exhibition REVIEWING CASTI by American artist and illustrator MARCELA GUTIÉRREZ, this March 13 at 7.30 p.m. The artist will be present at the exhibition.

The art of Marcela Gutiérrez stands out for its peculiarity and the original lines and colors in her watercolor and gouache techniques, on which she has concentrated her work to date. With its relaxed and confident lines, her oeuvre has evolved toward a consistent solidity, with its delicate shapes and colors marked by hints of great firmness and energy. There is a precise and harmonious balance in her work between studiousness and premeditation, on the one hand, and spontaneity and freshness, on the other. The same is true of her color, which exhibits a counterpoint or struggle between bold and tenuous shades, creating a language or articulation of languages composed of soft and delicate colors contrasted with black. Art and fashion are expressions which these days seem to go hand-in-hand. It is not unusual to observe contemporary designers’ most surprising creations converted into artistic pieces worthy of a museum. Each collection shows us iconographic pieces that become a kind of distinctive mark for contemporary man and woman, reflecting their environment and their concerns. This may sound familiar to us as we analyze a work of art. As a “bearer of the voice of its times,” the work speaks to us of important events in its creator’s life. For example, no one would find it strange that European artists of the first half of the twentieth century expressed their position on the sociopolitical changes taking place on the continent. In this same way, fashion—as a discipline that has much to do with the artist’s work—has inspired many visual artists and design specialists, something that may be clearly noted in the oeuvre of Marcela Gutiérrez, who is fascinated by that world, its figures, and everything they project. In this most recent series, which includes watercolors and oil paintings on canvas, Marcela Gutiérrez has conceived and created a group of works inspired by the Marchesa Casati, in a kind of contemporary review of the portraits this iconic figure posed for at the beginning of last century. She also appears here in the form of others, using stylized figures depicted just as Casati appeared in the works in reference. During the first three decades of the twentieth century, the legendary Marchesa Casati was the most notable “star” of European society. Probably the most often-portrayed woman in art history after the Virgin Mary and Cleopatra, this female dandy was an icon and sign of her times. Wherever she went, she set trends, inspired geniuses, and surprised and scandalized the public. Marcela Gutiérrez was born in Florida, USA, in 1978. She grew up in Guatemala and emigrated to Mexico in 1996, where she studied architecture. After finishing, she went on to study graphic design in Florida, later settling in London, where she graduated from the renowned Central Saint Martin University of Arts. She has held internships at notable international firms such as Marc Jacobs, Luisa Beccaria, and Nylon Magazine, as well as collaborating with figures from the fashion world such as Alexander McQueen and John Galliano. She has garnered attention for her surprising propositions for such fashion houses and brands such as Swarovski, Carolina Herrera, Harper’s Bazaar, Fendi and Prada. Her work is also present in Beyoncé Harper´s Bazar Spain and Arabia en Fendi, Ellesse, Oysho, Metal Magazine and Paris Match. Her most outstanding exhibitions are “Beauty for the sake of Beuty”, OS Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2011); Ayala Museum, Philippines (2011); Coquette, Barcelona (2010); “Corretger 5” Metal Magazine, Barcelona (2010); Apart Gallery, Notting Hill, London (2006); Macondo Gallery, Hoxton Square, London (2006). She lives and works between Barcelona and New York, in art, production and fashion. The exhibition may be viewed through April 13, from Monday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. No entry fee.