Aug 26, 2013
calls his work "Rhythmic Gumbo" apparently because of the musical feeling mix of elements or languages that make up his visuals. As the word GUMBO is broken down it can be seen in in many ways but after many queries he has defined it as Great, Universal, Magic, Beyond, Order. The art itself is very much about sound and movement so Giving, Unique, Melodic, Oneness would also seem to apply. This stew is brought to us in layers. Layers of reality combined with layers of spirit which are formed by flat, tonal, real, abstract, raw, and refined figurative scenes. Sometimes it is the deconstruction of the real and at other times its finding the reality in the amorphic. At all times he stresses, it is about connecting. Gutierrez's work has been described as "Wall Medicine, ancient yet contemporary, urban in a sense and musical in feel." The reality is that the intention of the work is always about touching people and the ever shifting sofrito or mixing of these spices is at many times a combination of sophistication and so-called primitism, that is to say it is where a meeting takes place between refinement and rawness. It is indeed the place where Magic meets the University of the Streets and all kinds of noises occur to induce this dance between ancestors and acquaintances alike. Spirits Known and Unknown if you will.