Acting as subject, artist, and muse, Martine Gutierrez transforms physical space and the composed self to investigate personal and collective identity. Interested in gender and relationship fluidity, she employs diverse narratives of intimacy, heritage and feminine ideology. Gutierrez uses a variety of mixed media that fuses dance, photography, video, set and costume design to fabricate imagined narratives. She pursues genuine, non-ironic representations of pop-cultural tropes such as the ‘pop star’ or ‘super model’, as she casts herself in these roles. Affirming LGBTQ beauty in the Latin community, Gutierrez works against the historic representation of trans and gay artists represented as ‘other’.
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 her first solo museum exhibition at 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 producer. She is represented by RYAN LEE Gallery in New York.
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Espen Gleditsch is an artist whose work juxtaposes photographs, texts and objects. His projects often put in dialogue text and image to enable a variety of perspectives on a common theme. Through this association, viewers’ interpretations of the works vacillate between a rational, cognitive understanding and a visual system of symbols. Gleditsch’s intellectual and artistic process often starts with a narrative that navigates between fact and fiction. His work raises fundamental philosophical questions regarding our ability to survive in a secular society without dreams and fantasies–which allow us to transcend our rational understanding of reality.
Espen Gleditsch (born 1983) lives and works in Oslo, Norway. Gleditsch received his MFA from the Academy of Fine Art of the Oslo National Academy of the Arts in 2015. Gleditsch’s work has been presented in solo shows at Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo, 2016; Noplace, Oslo, 2016; Fotogalleriet [Format], Malmö, 2015; Haugesund kunstforening, Norway 2013; and MELK, Oslo, 2012. Group shows include Kunstnernes Hus; Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, 2015; Haugar Vestfold Kunstmuseum, 2014, 2010; Austin Centre for Photography, 2014; and Fotogalleriet, Oslo, 2013.