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IntroductionABOUT THE WORK
Spanish artist Ciuco Gutiérrez masterfully combines things that would seem to belong apart. Before we can lose ourselves in the vast deserts or endless oceans in his pieces, our gaze must first confront brightly coloured chandeliers. With these opulent hanging lights, Gutiérrez creates the impression of entire rooms that are out in nature.
To our surprise, the ornate chandeliers appear to be in harmony with the landscape, whether hanging above a rocky mountain ridge or juxtaposed against a valley. Are they precariously suspended over these scenes like the sword of Damocles, or are they an expression of Gutierrez’s unique sense of humour? We can’t quite be sure, but the answer may lie somewhere in between. The Spanish artist’s reputation for satirical commentary on cultural issues sheds more light on these pieces. His conceptual photography deals with socio-political themes such as man and the environment, but it is the humorous exaggeration that provides their aesthetic quality. “Desserts 14” is a dialogue between reality and fiction. Which of the two worlds prevails, however, is left open.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
It is not only through his photography that Ciuco Gutiérrez inspires the Spanish art scene; he is also head of the master’s program for Photography at the renowned EFTI school, through which he is able to share his photographic and artistic knowledge with the next generation.
Gutiérrez’s reputation in the art world has been growing since 1989, when he held his first solo exhibition at Madrid’s Galería Moriarty. Within a few years, his works were being shown in the Rijksmuseum in the Netherlands. Alongside Joan Fontcuberta, Gutiérrez is one of Spain’s best known contemporary photographers.
1956 Born in Torrelavega, Spain Lives and works in Madrid, SpainCollections
MAS – Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Santander, SpainExhibitions
2012 Pasión-Paisaje-Pasión, Centro Nacional De Fotografia Jose Manuel Rotella, Torrelavega, Spain 2009 Ciuco Gutiérrez – Desserts, Galeriá Cero, Madrid, Spain Ciuco Gutiérrez, Galeria Juan Silió, Santander, Spain Ciuco Gutiérrez – Piezas Escogidas, San Juan Bautista Cultural Centre, Madrid, Spain 2007 Así me lo han contad, Catedral Gallery, Murcia, Spain Ciuco Gutiérrez – Photographs, Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum, Alexandria, Egypt 2003 Cosas de hombres, mujeres y otras rarezas, City Art Centre, Alcorcón, Spain 2002 Ciuco Gutiérrez 1983-2001, Santander Art Museum, Spain 1997 Ciuco Gutiérrez, Spectrum Sotos, Saragossa, Spain 1995 Sueños, Galería Berini, Barcelona, Spain 1991 Fotografías 1983-89, Palacete del Embarcadero, Santander, Spain 1986 Ciuco Gutiérrez, Galería Moriarty, Madrid, Spain
2012 El Arte de Mirar, Centro Nacional De Fotografia Jose Manuel Rotella, Torrelavega, Spain 2011 Puentes, Caminos en el agua, colectiva de artistas espaÑoles y chilenos, MAC Museum of Contemporary Art, University of Chile, Santiago, Chile 2008 Illán Argüello, Ciuco Gutiérrez, Juan Cuéllar, Concha Pérez, Gonzalo Sicre, Paco de la Torre, My Name’s Lolita Art, Valencia, Spain 2007 Aspace, Galeria Juan Silió, Santander, Spain Soñadores y Visionarios, DeSantos Gallery, Houston, USA 2006 Semanas en el jardin, Galeria de Arte Utopia Parkway, Madrid, Spain 2005 Objectsland, Galería Siboney, Santander, Spain 2004 PHE04, EFTI School of Photography, Madrid, Spain 1998 El Objeto del Arte, Museum of Contemporary Spanish Art, Juan March Palma de Mallorca Foundation, Mallorca, Spain 1996 Dialogues Européens, Maison des Arts Georges Pompidou, Cajarc, France 1993 The Medium is Photography, Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enschede, Netherlands