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SOMNIA january 20 - march 10, 2012
  • Somnia 19

    Somnia 19, 2011

    Watercolor and pencil on paper, 25 x 35 cm.

  • Phantasmagoria in 4

    Phantasmagoria in 4, 2011

    Installation, variable dimensions.

  • Demo

    Demo, 2011

    Interactive animation.

  • Somnia 01

    Somnia 01, 2011

    Watercolor and pencil on paper, 25 x 35 cm.

  • Somnia 02

    Somnia 02, 2011

    Watercolor and pencil on paper, 25 x 35 cm.

  • Somnia 03

    Somnia 03, 2011

    Watercolor and pencil on paper, 25 x 35 cm.

  • Somnia 04

    Somnia 04, 2011

    Watercolor and pencil on paper, 25 x 35 cm.

  • Somnia 05

    Somnia 05, 2011

    Watercolor and pencil on paper, 25 x 35 cm.

  • Somnia 06

    Somnia 06, 2011

    Watercolor and pencil on paper, 25 x 35 cm.

  • Somnia 07

    Somnia 07, 2011

    Watercolor and pencil on paper, 25 x 35 cm.

  • Somnia 08

    Somnia 08, 2011

    Watercolor and pencil on paper, 25 x 35 cm.

  • Somnia 09

    Somnia 09, 2011

    Watercolor and pencil on paper, 25 x 35 cm.

  • Somnia 10

    Somnia 10, 2011

    Watercolor and pencil on paper, 25 x 35 cm.

  • Somnia 11

    Somnia 11, 2011

    Watercolor and pencil on paper, 25 x 35 cm.

  • Somnia 12

    Somnia 12, 2011

    Watercolor and pencil on paper, 25 x 35 cm.

  • Somnia 13

    Somnia 13, 2011

    Watercolor and pencil on paper, 25 x 35 cm.

  • Somnia 14

    Somnia 14, 2011

    Watercolor and pencil on paper, 25 x 35 cm.

  • Somnia 15

    Somnia 15, 2011

    Watercolor and pencil on paper, 25 x 35 cm.

  • Somnia 16

    Somnia 16, 2011

    Watercolor and pencil on paper, 25 x 35 cm.

  • Somnia 17

    Somnia 17, 2011

    Watercolor and pencil on paper, 25 x 35 cm.

  • Somnia 18

    Somnia 18, 2011

    Watercolor and pencil on paper, 25 x 35 cm.

  • Somnia 20

    Somnia 20, 2011

    Watercolor and pencil on paper, 25 x 35 cm.

  • Somnia 21

    Somnia 21, 2011

    Watercolor and pencil on paper, 25 x 35 cm.

  • Somnia 22

    Somnia 22, 2011

    Watercolor and pencil on paper, 25 x 35 cm.

  • Somnia 23

    Somnia 23, 2011

    Watercolor and pencil on paper, 25 x 35 cm.

  • Somnia 24

    Somnia 24, 2011

    Watercolor and pencil on paper, 25 x 35 cm.

  • Somnia 25

    Somnia 25, 2011

    Watercolor and pencil on paper, 25 x 35 cm.

  • Somnia 26

    Somnia 26, 2011

    Watercolor and pencil on paper, 25 x 35 cm.

  • Somnia 27

    Somnia 27, 2011

    Watercolor and pencil on paper, 25 x 35 cm.

  • Somnia 28

    Somnia 28, 2011

    Watercolor and pencil on paper, 25 x 35 cm.

  • Somnia 29

    Somnia 29, 2011

    Watercolor and pencil on paper, 25 x 35 cm.

  • Somnia 30

    Somnia 30, 2011

    Watercolor and pencil on paper, 25 x 35 cm.

  • Somnia 31

    Somnia 31, 2011

    Watercolor and pencil on paper, 25 x 35 cm.

  • Somnia 32

    Somnia 32, 2011

    Watercolor and pencil on paper, 25 x 35 cm.

  • Somnia 33

    Somnia 33, 2011

    Watercolor and pencil on paper, 25 x 35 cm.

  • Somnia 34

    Somnia 34, 2011

    Watercolor and pencil on paper, 25 x 35 cm.

  • Somnia 35

    Somnia 35, 2011

    Watercolor and pencil on paper, 25 x 35 cm.

  • Somnia 36

    Somnia 36, 2011

    Watercolor and pencil on paper, 25 x 35 cm.

  • Somnia 37

    Somnia 37, 2011

    Watercolor and pencil on paper, 25 x 35 cm.

  • Somnia 38

    Somnia 38, 2011

    Watercolor and pencil on paper, 25 x 35 cm.

  • Somnia 39

    Somnia 39, 2011

    Watercolor and pencil on paper, 25 x 35 cm.

  • Somnia 40

    Somnia 40, 2011

    Watercolor and pencil on paper, 25 x 35 cm.

  • Somnia 41

    Somnia 41, 2011

    Watercolor and pencil on paper, 25 x 35 cm.

  • Somnia 42

    Somnia 42, 2011

    Watercolor and pencil on paper, 25 x 35 cm.

  • Somnia 43

    Somnia 43, 2011

    Watercolor and pencil on paper, 25 x 35 cm.

  • Somnia 44

    Somnia 44, 2011

    Watercolor and pencil on paper, 25 x 35 cm.

  • Somnia 45

    Somnia 45, 2011

    Watercolor and pencil on paper, 25 x 35 cm.

  • Somnia 46

    Somnia 46, 2011

    Watercolor and pencil on paper, 25 x 35 cm.

  • Somnia 47

    Somnia 47, 2011

    Watercolor and pencil on paper, 25 x 35 cm.

  • Somnia 48

    Somnia 48, 2011

    Watercolor and pencil on paper, 25 x 35 cm.

  • Exhibition view

    Exhibition view

    Fernando Gutiérrez. Laboratorio
    Felt pen on acetate. Dimensions variable

  • Fernando Gutiérrez. Laboratorio (detail 1), 2011

    Fernando Gutiérrez. Laboratorio (detail 1), 2011

    Felt pen on acetate. Dimensions variable.

  • Fernando Gutiérrez. Laboratorio (detail 2), 2011

    Fernando Gutiérrez. Laboratorio (detail 2), 2011

    Felt pen on acetate. Dimensions variable.

  • Fernando Gutiérrez. Laboratorio (detail 3), 2011

    Fernando Gutiérrez. Laboratorio (detail 3), 2011

    Felt pen on acetate. Dimensions variable.

  • Installation view

    Installation view

    Fernando Gutiérrez + .tape. Demo
    Interactive animation

  • Fernando Gutiérrez + .tape. Demo
    Interactive animation

  • Installation view

    Installation view

    Fernando Gutiérrez + .tape. Caballitos
    Videoanimation, DVD pal. 10´46´´

  • Fernando Gutiérrez + .tape. Caballitos
    Videoanimation, DVD pal. 10´46´´. Ed.3+AP

  • Installation view

    Installation view

    Fernando Gutiérrez.. Somnia Panda
    Watercolor and pencil on paper. 25X35 cm. C/U

  • Installation view

    Installation view

    Fernando Gutiérrez. Somnia Panda

  • Installation view

    Installation view

    Fernando Gutiérrez. Somnia Panda
    Watercolor and pencil on paper. 25x35 cm. c/u

  • Installation view

    Installation view

    Fernando Gutiérrez + .tape. Phantasmagoría in 4
    Installation. Dimensions variable

PRESS RELEASE

Somnia is Fernando Gutiérrez' second exhibition. On this occasion he is accompanied by Daniel Romero (.tape) on projects such as Phantasmagoria, Caballitos and Demo.

The word somnia clearly refers to sleep, belonging to the nomenclature of many of its disorders. Hypersomnia, dyssomnia, parasomnia, insomnia, somnolence...include it in their composition. The term situates us in the realm of everything related to sleep disorders and the border between wakefulness and reverie.

Dreaminess or the process of dreaming, even sometimes awake, is described as that state in which certain stimuli, probably more a question of mood than chemistry, trigger the activation of psychic mechanisms that are not freely expressed during wakefulness, by reprocessing information stored in the memory and clearly referring to the dreamer's reality. Recent studies based on brain scan technology and default brain networks led to the conclusion that dream states are more frequent and intense in individuals with above average intelligence quotients. Einstein's well-known statement about how he placed greater importance on the imagination than on knowledge supports the thesis that while the latter is no more than an accumulation of data and experiences, the former is the element capable of relating them, confronting them and facilitating new states of evolution. In short, it is the creative element.

Hypnosis, the therapy that is based on the relation of bi and multi-personal communication, also predisposes patients to relax their defence mechanisms of wakefulness to reach a state of profound serenity, to which the employment of sounds seems to contribute. Through hypnosis the unconscious surfaces, once the subconscious supresses the repressive barrier, which, in the form of a defence mechanism, censures certain impulses and inclinations, to avoid the trauma of its confrontation with the real world.

Somnia demonstrates a mental landscape, a place of reverie that takes us on an astounding initiation journey from the everyday to the transcendent, in which different experiments of anatomic impossibility are modulated through drawing using juxtapositions and small accidental transformations to reshape and redraw them in relation to exquisite audio harmonies. Music and drawing go hand in hand through the use of different media and technologies. This happens in Phantasmagoria, an enveloping piece that includes stills in the space, or Demo, interactive animation (by way of a videogame), where the viewer-user participates in the creation of part of the ambient sound of the exhibition made possible by the use of Arduino controls. The emotional, sensory and recreational entertainments are all generative projects, which can be categorized as digital art, and are produced by way of calculations to create visual or audio content by combining parameters programmed by the artists with a component of randomness.

Fernando Gutiérrez' poetics boils down to a redefinition of drawing, to its proportions and expressive and material techniques rooted in pictorial preconceptions. The approach to drawing in a broader sense, combining the simplicity of the naked line with the complexity and sophistication of technology, gives rise to mental constructions that shape a universe of events and fragmented emergences, making use of overlapping and the fortuitous encounter between forms, materials and techniques with animation as the preferred media.

The narratives always involve the creation of parallel worlds, upon real images taken from everyday imagery (the media, the Internet, etc.). Once rescued, they are redrawn and related in a new context, forming strange associations, mixing innocence and perversion and with somewhat crude yet sensitive and even sentimental results, thus articulating a utopian construct of the extraordinary.

These drawings of drawings have common genetic make-ups. Occasionally, fragments of old drawings once again come to light taking the shape of a new subject in the ecosystem. This iconography, these associations, survive owing to recycling, and we can thus continually find ourselves with a familiar yet updated and expanded scene suggestive of a confusing wakefulness.

Fernando Gutiérrez and Daniel Romero, under the name Fernando Gutiérrez + .tape, have recently been selected to design ABC's stand for ARCO 2012, part of whose content they are showing for the first time in the installation of Somnia.

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© 2011 Isabel Hurley