Martine Gutierrez

Masking, Garlic Mask, p54 from Indigenous Woman, 2018
chromogenic print, 20-5/8 x 16-5/8 inches (framed) [52.4 x 42.2 cm]

Martine Gutierrez is an artist, performer, and musician who produces elaborate narrative scenes that employ pop culture tropes in order to explore the complexity, fluidity and nuances of both personal and collective identity in terms of race, gender, class, indigeneity, and culture. Working across performance, photography and film, Gutierrez simultaneously acts as subject, artist and muse. She asserts control over her own image by executing each stage of the creative process herself, including staging, lighting, makeup, costuming, modeling and photography.

Neo-Indeo, Mam Going Bananas, p27 from Indigenous Woman, 2018
chromogenic print, 54-7/8 x 46-7/8 inches (framed) [147 x 119 cm]
Neo-Indeo, Trade In Your Quiché Skirts, p26 from Indigenous Woman, 2018
chromogenic print, 54-7/8 x 46-7/8 inches (framed) [147 x 119 cm]

Gutierrez’s earlier bodies of work—Real Doll (2013), Girl Friends (2014) and Line Up (2014)—explore gender, intimacy and fantasy, often incorporating mannequins as ambiguous characters in constantly shifting realities. Her semi-autobiographical film, Martine Part I – IX (2012 – 2016), is a meditation on personal transformation that begun while she was an undergraduate student at the Rhode Island School of Design, and was finished years later as a young artist in New York City. The episodic video work follows the eponymous character from Providence to New York via Central America and the Caribbean, communing with urban architecture and natural elements such as sand, water and air. Martine negotiates the permanent and the fleeting, moving from place to place, as she journeys to self-discovery.

In 2018, Gutierrez produced Indigenous Woman, a 124-page magazine replete with fashion spreads, product advertisements and a Letter from the Editor all dedicated, as Gutierrez describes it, to “the celebration of Mayan Indian heritage, the navigation of contemporary indigeneity and the ever-evolving self-image.” Through the style and construct of the glossy magazine, Gutierrez subverts conventional ideals of beauty to reveal how deeply sexism, racism, transphobia and other biases are embedded in our culture. This body of work has been exhibited all over the world, including the 58th Venice Biennale.

Demons, Chin ‘Demon of Lust,’ p93 from Indigenous Woman, 2018
chromogenic print, hand-painted artist frame, 44 × 32 inches (framed) [111.8 × 81.3 cm]

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. Gutierrez lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Her work has been featured in several museum exhibitions, including the 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).

Body En Thrall, Blonde Bra, 2020
chromogenic print, 90 x 60 inches

Gutierrez has also been included in exhibitions at the Blaffer Art Museum, University of Houston (2020); Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College (2019); Hayward Gallery, London (2019); Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (2019); the New Museum, New York (2018); Arnot Art Museum, Elmira (2017); Lowe Gallery at Hofstra University (2017); Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (2017); Vincent Price Art Museum, Monterey Park (2017); Boston University Art Gallery (2016); and the McNay Art Museum, (2015).

Plastics, Brigitte, 2020
chromogenic print, 24 × 17 inches (framed) [61 × 43.2 cm]
Plastics, Edith, 2020
chromogenic print, 24 × 17 inches (framed) [61 × 43.2 cm]

Her work has been acquired by the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, ME; Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, Stanford, CA; The Frances Lehman Loeb Museum, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY; Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH; McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX; Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego, CA; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art, Providence, RI; Rockwell Museum, Corning, NY; and The Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA.

Text courtesy Ryan Lee Gallery.