True Story presents video and photographic work by the Brooklyn-based performance artist Martine Gutierrez. Using various media idioms such as classic Hollywood film, fashion photography, and music videos, Gutierrez creates hauntingly seductive imagery that explores the construction of gender and self. In each of her projects Gutierrez casts herself in different roles—from pop star, to Italian heiress, to exotic dancer. While her characters appear familiar, they are not representations of reality; rather, they are hyperbolized manifestations of feminine glamour, desire, and sexuality. Gutierrez’s work, always narrative, calls attention to the fictions that surround and define us—those we internalize through daily life and those we create for ourselves.
The exhibition features a large-scale projection of the nine-part, semi-autobiographical film Martine Part I-IX (2012–2016), which follows the title character on a mysterious and melancholic journey of self-discovery and transformation. In addition to directing, editing, and performing in her video work—often playing multiple, if not all, roles—Gutierrez scores each film with original music. This is most prominent in her music videos, in which Gutierrez, who also has a background in dance, stars as a lithe and limber pop icon, moving fluidly between the realms of hip hop culture and high fashion.
Martine Gutierrez: True Story is curated by Jordan Karney Chaim, doctoral candidate and Raymond and Margaret Horowitz Foundation Fellow.
Friday, October 14 – Sunday, December 11, 2016
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 13, 6-8pm
Conversation with the Artist & Curator Thursday, October 13, 6:30 pm
Exhibiting Gender | Monday, November 7, 2pm | Stone Gallery
Panel discussing exploring themes around the politics of visibility and power relations as they relate to representation, seeing, and being seen. Responding to ideas present in Martine’s work, panelists will also discuss the visual and social constructions of gender, race, and sexuality.
Faye G., Jo, and James Stone Gallery (855 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston)
About Martine Gutierrez
Martine Gutierrez (b. 1989) received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2012. The Brooklyn based performance artist draws from eclectic media, acting as subject, artist, and muse, documenting her personal transformation into various imagined roles.
Through the transformation of physical space and composed self, Gutierrez investigates identity—both personal and collective. Interested in the fluidity of relationships and the role of genders within them, she employs mannequins as her counterparts to explore the diverse narratives of intimacy. Life size backdrops and props interchange with physical locations in a dialogue about reality. Integral to her work is the active participation of the viewer.