|Tile Blush is please to present Twilight, Verdant Romps, & Wading Pools, a two-part solo exhibition by Jonathan Gonzalez and Aramis Gutierrez. |
Five years after his last solo exhibition in Miami, Aramis Gutierrez presents a new body of work that stands contraposition from his last suite of empty dance studios, End Game Aesthetics, along with new furniture and exhibition design works by Jonathan Gonzalez.
Contrary to the architectural dance interiors of his previous exhibition which posed a setting for a question to be answered by absence, these new works are full-bodied, fleshy compositions that intend to linger and arouse Dionysian day dreams like the figurative master works by Delacroix, Reubens and Courbet rather than be situated in a modern pornographic male gaze. In kind the objects and furniture by Gonzalez are suggestive of the human form and activated playful engagement. A reaction to sexuality less concerned with overt iconography, instead commenting on its subtle latent ubiquity. Participatory design objects, rendered in organic earthy greens, that stand alone within the exhibition and extend the works on the walls into physical, inhabitable space.
Gutierrez’ works are orgy paintings within verdant jungles and mysterious colloquial architecture whose sheer amount of nude flesh narrowly skirts indulgent opulence but delivers an unavoidable physicality to contend with. Their conversation is as much about the existential writhing and thrashing of bodies in confined space as it is painting or sex.
Staging the scenes with models, many of whom are his friends and peers and using otherworldly lighting, Gutierrez also imbues the frames with his penchant for B movies and the approach to image-making film employs. Orgy scenes in films are often riding a thin line between a mob-mentality of lust and death. Production of such scenes transforms bodies into compositional, operatic elements that indeed are not that far from both the art-historical and contemporary figure painters he cites. These succulent paintings inhabit the clean, sleek environment of Gonzalez’ designs, and invite viewers to sit and watch.
Text by: Cara Despain
Jonathan Gonzalez (b. 1981) is a Miami based Architect and Designer. His work includes architecture, art, curation and design. He is the founder of Office GA, a mutli-disciplinary design and fabrication practice focused on the territory between architecture’s typical boundaries, bringing together graphic, product and furniture design and production.
In Gonzalez' work form, program, and user experience become tools to engage the concerns of the contemporary city, contemporary architecture, and ultimately the contemporary citizen. Lifestyle, economy, fashion, and brand must be developed through careful analysis and playful implementation.
Aramis Gutierrez (b. 1975) is a Miami based painter that has exhibited internationally with solo exhibitions at Big Pictures L.A., Spinello Projects, Legal Art (now Cannonball), and David Castillo Gallery. Gutierrez has been included in group exhibitions at the Perez Art Museum, the Orlando Museum of Art and the Institute of Contemporary Art Miami.
In 2008-2009 he was awarded the Studio Residency Program at the Deering Estate at Cutler and in 2017 he was awarded the South Florida Cultural Consortium.
His works can be found in numerous private collections as well as the Institute of Contemporary Art Miami.