Offsite Project
December 5, 2016–January 15, 2017

Martine Gutierrez: JEANS

The International Studio & Curatorial Program announces the unveiling of MARTINE GUTIERREZ: JEANS, an offsite project by visual artist Martine Gutierrez, who is a current resident and New York Community Trust Van Lier fellow of ISCP. Located at the Southeast corner of 9th Avenue and 37th Street in Manhattan, Gutierrez presents a 10-foot-high by 22-foot-wide advertising billboard with a highly charged image of the artist posing as a model wearing a fictitious brand of denim jeans. This public work will be installed five stories high over Manhattan’s Garment District.

In MARTINE GUTIERREZ: JEANS, Gutierrez takes control of her own exploitation by addressing issues of gender politics and the public gaze. She uses the mechanisms of consumerism, positioning herself as both product and consumer. In doing so, Gutierrez’s work confronts ‘othered’ portrayals of artists of color and LGBTQ individuals in the media.

Acting as subject, artist, and muse, Gutierrez investigates personal and collective identity, composing the self through the guise of makeup, costume and pose. Navigating through fluid conceptions of perceived gender and ethnicity, Gutierrez employs diverse narratives of femininity. Employing pop-cultural tropes, she casts herself in roles that society would never consider her for—the ‘Hollywood actress,’ the ‘pop star,’ the ‘supermodel.’ While her characters appear familiar, often contextualized by seemingly high-budget settings, they are not representations of reality. Rather, they are hyperbolized manifestations of perceived feminine glamour, desire, and sexuality, fabricated from humble materials and temporary sets.

Martine Gutierrez (born 1989) received her BFA in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design. Born to a Guatemalan father and white American mother, her cross-cultural background informs her fluid self-navigation as she has always straddled both cultures. Current and recent exhibitions include Martine Gutierrez: True Story, Boston University Art Galleries; Martine Gutierrez: WE & THEM & ME, Contemporary Art Museum Raleigh, North Carolina; Disturbing Innocence, The FLAG Art Foundation, New York; and About Face: Self-Portraiture in Contemporary Art, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover. Her work has been acquired by the Hood Museum of Art for their permanent collection. Gutierrez is also a published musician and has produced several commercial videos. She is represented by RYAN LEE Gallery in New York.

Dedication Event: On Tuesday, December 13, a week after the billboard is erected, Martine Gutierrez will speak about her artwork onsite from 11–11:30am.

The billboard will be on view from December 5, 2016 through January 1, 2017, at 9th Avenue and 37th Street in Manhattan, adjacent to Lincoln Tunnel.

This project is coordinated by Juliana Cope, Director of Development and Programs Manager at ISCP.

MARTINE GUTIERREZ: JEANS is made possible through the generous support of the New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation. Special thanks to Helena Jackson-Enders and RYAN LEE Gallery for their support.

Participating Residents

Event
November 29, 2016, 6:30pm

Terike Haapoja and Steven M. Wise in conversation

In conjunction with ISCP’s exhibition The Animal Mirror, president and founder of the Nonhuman Rights Project Steven M. Wise will be in conversation with participating artist Terike Haapoja.

In a 2015 court case that became a rallying point in the ongoing conversation surrounding the concept of non-human rights, Wise served as the legal representative for a pair of chimpanzees held in captivity at Stony Brook University. Wise argued that the chimpanzees should have the same basic rights to freedom from imprisonment that humans do. Wise and Haapoja will discuss the case and recent developments in the non-human rights movement, as well as Haapoja’s art practice, which often considers non-human legal personhood. 

Steven M. Wise is President of the Nonhuman Rights Project, Inc. He holds a J.D. from Boston University Law School and a B.S. in Chemistry from the College of William and Mary. He has practiced animal protection law for 30 years throughout the United States and is admitted to the Massachusetts Bar. Wise teaches “Animal Rights Jurisprudence” at the Vermont, Lewis and Clark, University of Miami, and St. Thomas Law Schools, and has taught “Animal Rights Law” at the Harvard Law School and John Marshall Law School. He is the author of Rattling the Cage: Toward Legal Rights for Animals (2000), Drawing the Line: Science and the Case for Animal Rights (2003), Though the Heavens May Fall: The Landmark Trial That Led to the End of Human Slavery (2005), and An American Trilogy: Death, Slavery, and Dominion Along the Banks of the Cape Fear River (2009).

Terike Haapoja is a Finnish visual artist based in New York. Haapoja’s large-scale installation work, writing, and political projects investigate the mechanics of “othering” with a specific focus on issues arising from the anthropocentric world view of western modernism. Haapoja represented Finland in the 55th Venice Biennale with a solo show in the Nordic Pavilion, and she has been awarded numerous grants and prizes, including the Finnish Art Association’s Dukaatti prize (2008), a nomination for the Ars Fennica prize (2011), the Kiila prize for her project The History of Others (2013) and the ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art (2016). Haapoja contributes to journals and publications internationally and is the co-editor of the publications Altern Ecologies – Emergent Perspectives in the 55th Venice Biennale (Frame 2015), History According to Cattle (History of Others, 2015), and Field Notes – From Landscape to Laboratory (The Finish Bioart Society, 2013), among others.

This talk is free and open to the public.

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6:30pm

Participating Residents

Event
November 15, 2016, 6:30–8pm

Salon: Rael Artel and Thomas Taube

Curator Rael Artel will speak about the group exhibition If This Is The Museum We Wanted, that addressed her position as director of the Tartu Art Museum in Estonia. The exhibition was used as a tool to consider the museum–its current state and problems–both specifically and in relation to art museums around the world.

Since 2013, Artel has been the director of the Tartu Art Museum in Estonia. From 2010–2014 she was artistic director of the Festival of Contemporary Art ART IST KUKU NU UT. Prior to this, she initiated Public Preparation, a platform for knowledge-production and network-based communication and ran the Rael Artel Gallery: Non-Profit Project Space.

Thomas Taube will speak about his artistic practice alongside the power of images.

Taube graduated with honors from the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig (HGB) in 2014. He worked under Candice Breitz from 2010–2015 and has won several prizes and grants, including the Prize of the 22nd edition of the Leipziger Jahresausstellung. Taube’s first book The Whirr of the Image Machine was published by Spector Books in 2015.

6:30–8pm

Participating Residents