At the opening of Alan Gutierrez’s show INTRO at the Emerson Dorsch Gallery in Wynwood, the artist discusses the lighting of the show as patrons analyze his work. Lights fixed to the ceiling shine on his art objects; these lights, part of the work itself, have unintentionally given the space a golden hue.
The space radiates a warmth that is sometimes absent from typically cold modern art galleries. The warmth, Gutierrez says, was a happy accident, and it helps give the exhibition the atmosphere of a workshop or an artist’s studio, an appropriate theme for his first show.
For his first solo exhibition, Gutierrez wanted the show to be “humble” and small-scale to reflect the beginning of his career as an artist. Posters for his exhibition act as canvasses for his paintings, and sculptures made with fiberboard have a layer of sawdust from their creation. He hopes patrons view the art almost as works in progress.
“A lot of the works, instead of standing for this final result, they present potentiality ... they function less like finished art objects and more like props that allude to the performative aspects of my artistic practice instead of the final product of studio practice,” Gutierrez said.
Gutierrez has been involved in the arts since elementary school and later attended New World School of the Arts for high school. Most notably, he was one of the early founders of a group that would later become the Borscht Film Festival, which showcases local experimental films. He has created work with art collectives but sees his exhibition as an opportunity to showcase his own vision.
“This is the first time I can be a little more selfish and put my name on the door.”
The artist views this show as his introduction to the community, which he hopes will see the emergence of his core ideas through his art. Gallery patrons, seeing his work for the time described, were impressed.
“I think (his pieces are) amazing in their simplicity and their complexity, in the sense that the pieces are very simple but (the work) has a magical, whimsical sense ... a dimension you don’t often see [in art in Miami],” said local artist Andrea Nhuch.
While many top galleries would be reluctant to showcase the first exhibition of a new artist, gallery partner Tyler Emerson-Dorsch says that it’s always been part of the gallery’s mission to showcase local emerging talent.
“Regardless of age, we’ve always supported emerging artists and the summer time is the time we will always support emerging artists and people who are new to the scene.”
With some works in his exhibition going for as little as $200, the exhibition is not intended to be a lucrative undertaking for the Emerson Dorsch Gallery. Instead, gallery founder Brook Dorsch sees it as an investment in an artist they see promise in.
“We do feel he has quite a bit of a future in what he’s doing. We like the ideas he has brought to the table...If he wants to show again, maybe people will be in more demand [for his work] and people will be running here to get their first shot at his works,” says Dorsch.