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Luis De Jesus Los Angeles
2685 S La Cienega Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90034 | T 310 838 6000


September 27, 2011

luis de jesus los angeles to participate in pulse los angeles

Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, a Participating Gallery in Pacific Standard Time, is very pleased to announce its participation in PULSE Los Angeles Contemporary Art Fair, Booth B-2, running from September 30 through October 3, 2011. The newest edition of the leading series of PULSE Contemporary Art Fairs brings sixty-five exhibitors from Asia, Europe, and the Americas to downtown Los Angeles' exciting entertainment complex and spectacular rooftop venue, The Event Deck at L.A. LIVE.   more

Spanning 100,000 square feet of state-of-the-art exhibition space (with 2,000 dedicated parking spaces), PULSE Los Angeles will feature approximately 65 international galleries and is timed to coincide with Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980, a groundbreaking initiative of the Getty Museum. The fair will host a number of local contemporary art galleries as well as non-profit and alternative exhibition spaces that are Participating Galleries in Pacific Standard Time.

Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Booth B-2, will feature new works by Mara De Luca, Zackary Drucker, Abel Baker Gutierrez, Heather Gwen Martin, Christopher Russell, and Geoffrey Todd Smith. The Gallery will also host two public-area installations and special projects by David Adey (2010 California Biennial) and Martin Durazo, recipient of the 2011 CCF (California Community Foundation) Grant and the 2012 C.O.L.A. (City of Los Angeles) Individual Artist Fellowship. For a preview of fair-bound works and information about our featured artists, as well as general information about the fair, please visit the PULSE Los Angeles website or contact the Gallery at 310-838-6000; email


Friday, September 30: 12pm-2pm
Press and VIP Private Preview

General Public:

Friday, September 30: 2pm-8pm
Saturday, October 1: 11am-7pm
Sunday, October 2: 11am-7pm
Monday, October 3: 11am-5pm

August 25, 2011

Abel Baker Gutierrez “Swimming”

Abel Baker Gutierrez’s recent investigations into the nature of maleness are continued with these modest-sized paintings of Boy Scouts at play in nature. A film in the second space of the gallery offers another view of these, or some, boys. Do you know? I want to reconsider my use of the term “investigations” and try “wonder” or “wondering” instead.   more

Investigation is such a harsh term, so clinical and academic and what Abel Gutierrez is doing feels much more“ tender and considerate in a human way of his subject matter.


August 23, 2011

Abel Baker Gutierrez at Luis De Jesus (Bergamot through August 27).

Gutierrez paints enigmatic, wistful portraits of young bathers who are either at play or may be engaged with peril. The nostalgia of his subjects offers both a sense of comfort and a confounding of reality. Removed from their original contexts, these reinterpretations lead the viewer to ponder the ideological significance implied. In very many ways Gutierrez territorially aligns with Lawrence Gipe. They are brothers from different mothers. [ READ ON ]

August 13, 2011

“abel baker gutierrez” review by Tracey Harnish / la art diary

Sport as an entrance to exploring male relationships is the theme in this recent body of work by Abel Baker Gutierrez. Following in the tradition of Thomas Eakins who painted men in the midst of much physical contact via wrestling, along with the solitude of men rowing, Gutierrez looks at the relationships of young men through the visage of water, rowing and rescue. Like the photographer Tad Beck, Gutierrez uses Eakins work as a jumping point to further view the depths of the mysteries of young men, where in a kind of watery solitude a subtle sexuality is revealed.   more

Boys at just that age of transitioning into manhood quietly submerge and float in an anonymous body of water. Legs sticking up and out of water symbolize the topsy-turvy time of transition of these boy-men. A boat just under water lies quietly suspended while shut eyed figures float in and around, ambiguously adrift. In other pieces, one boy-man seemingly rescues another by giving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation; both figures are strangely mute, yet a variety of emotions are signaled, such as comfort, intimacy and shared solitude. These scenes are surprisingly quiet; often it is what these images are not about that is interesting. A visual of an almost drowned figure could be filled with wild emotions and yet these are still, silent and soft. The boy-men all look alike and this repetition creates a mirroring effect so that it feels as though one has rescued himself. In another piece a body swims underwater, the figure is elusive, abstract and mysterious. What is beneath is only hinted at, yet we recognize it for what it is. It is this fleeting glimpse of the familiar that is not fully revealed, which represents the unknown territory of youth into manhood.

The show runs through August 27 at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles. [ VISIT SITE ]

August 05, 2011

abel baker gutierrez REVIEW ON PAIDEIA: "The Spirit Is There in Every Boy"

Last Saturday, I attended the Luis De Jesus Gallery's opening of "Swimming", a solo show featuring the works of Abel Baker Gutierrez. The images are inspired by '50s era photos and films of Boy Scouts, specifically in regards to water-related survival training. From this source material, Gutierrez has contextualized the imagery within a dark, ambiguous but vaguely menacing setting.   more

The technique and style of these oil paintings evoke a 19th century feel, part Realisim and part late Romanticism.

Gutierrez's exquisite painterly technique creates a rich surface texture and engaging play of light and shadow. All these elements combine to make this a fascinating show.

But my favorite element to the exhibit is how it captures the "spirit" of the youths within the darkened context. This is most notable in the video part of the show. Footage of boy scouts at play around a pair of picnic tables has been reworked into a spectral display, with the ghostly children silently frolicking within the silver environment. It's creepy, but the sense of play still comes through as powerful presence. Likewise, check this out:

The overall effect is haunting. There is an incongruity between image and style. We imagine the boy scouts training in a bright, sunny setting, but these paintings are dark and mysterious. The style is associated with nude female bathers and naturalist wooded landscapes, but here we have energetic youths and rowboats. A subtle sense of wrongness pervades these works. Yet, the images are compelling compositions, with hints of narrative inspired by the clash of subject and style.

The original photo probably showed a boy scout relaxing by the water, gazing at his reflection. The contextualization creates a darker feel, but the sense of introspection is still pervasive. It's a captivating image.

Here's a vid featuring typical modern merit training for Boy Scouts. Definitely, a different mood characterizes the footage.

Anyways, I highly recommend this exhibit.


August 05, 2011

L.A. TIMES Art review by Christopher Knight: "Abel Baker Gutierrez at Luis De Jesus Gallery"

Fourteen modest recent paintings by Abel Baker Gutierrez, all but one on wood panel, have the look and feel of oil sketches. The abbreviation of the paint-handling is beneficial. Rather than laborious finish, which would suggest a declarative statement, the sketchiness is a painterly equivalent of drawing.   more

Wistful rumination and reflection emerge.

For his debut solo show at Luis De Jesus Gallery, what is Gutierrez asking us to join him in thinking about? Adolescent boys are adrift in watery fields -- rocking in small rowboats, engaging in rescues, giving and receiving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. In one, a pair of slightly askew legs is all that remains of a body disappearing into roiling blue water. (There's nothing sinister about the image, just the suggestion of falling backward into the deep.) Affection and loss are leitmotifs.

"Adrift," which homes in on a boy snoozing lazily within a boat's enveloping hull, juxtaposes a crimson shirt and white shorts in the watery scene. It's a quietly patriotic color scheme. Gutierrez has based his works on old scouting manuals and magazines, and you can't help but think the paintings are a call to "be prepared" on a more general, less dogmatic, nonetheless important level.

An exclusively male world imbued with homoerotic undertones -- not unlike those of Thomas Eakins' "The Swimming Hole" -- is characterized by conflict between isolation and mutual care. "Gazing at his Own Reflection" shows the sun-blasted, down-turned head of a youth who becomes a metaphoric Narcissus, gazing into a pool but unaware that he's seeing himself.

In the back gallery, a short video digitally altered from a found film is presented in negative rather than positive black-and-white. Seven young scouts (you can tell from the uniforms) jump and play in slow-motion on outdoor picnic-table benches to a dream-like musical soundtrack. Wild boys released from the social constraints implied by their specific clothing glow with quiet grace.

Luis De Jesus Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica, (310) 453-7773, through Aug. 27. Closed Sun. and Mon. [ VISIT SITE ]

July 25, 2011

Seen: Abel Baker Gutierrez's ‘Swimming’ at Luis De Jesus Gallery (7/23)

“Swimming” is a memorable new exhibition of paintings and a video installation by Abel Baker Gutierrez at Luis De Jesus in Bergamot Station. These intimate, mysterious works are based on black-and-white and color photographs taken from 1950s scouting manuals and magazines. Gutierrez employs his own unique talent to add a layer of haunting ambiguity to the paintings. Read more about the exhibition here, and be sure to stop by the gallery before the show ends on August 27. See more images at:  [ VISIT SITE ]

July 21, 2011

Martin durazo awared 2011 CCF Fellowship for Visual Artists by California Community Foundation

LOS ANGELES, July 20, 2011 - California Community Foundation (CCF) in Los Angeles announced a record 20 recipients of the CCF Fellowship for Visual Artists and a new online gallery of art by current and past fellows. The recipients of the 2011 CCF Fellowship for Visual Artists are emerging and mid-career artists in L.A. County who each receive a $15,000 to $20,000 grant and opportunities to develop business skills necessary to become self-supporting over time.   more

Since the fellowship was established in 1988, nearly $1.8 million in grants has been awarded by the community foundation to 195 professional artists.

Mid-Career Artists:

* Kevin Appel “ painting and sculpture
* Deborah Aschheim “ drawing, interdisciplinary“ mixed media, installation
* Cindy Bernard “ interdisciplinary-mixed media
* Carolyn Castano “ painting
* Zoe Crosher “ photography
* Tony de los Reyes “ painting
* Martin Durazo “ drawing, experimental film and video, interdisciplinary“mixed media, installation, painting, photography, sculpture
* Christina Fernandez “ photography
* Charles Gaines “ interdisciplinary-mixed media
* Janie Geiser “ experimental film and video
* Alexandra Grant “ painting
* Mungo Thomson “ interdisciplinary-mixed media

Emerging Artists:

* Patricia Fernandez “ installation
* Jocelyn Foye “ interdisciplinary-mixed media
* Gregory Michael Hernandez “ installation, photography, painting, sculpture
* Andrew Lewicki “ interdisciplinary“mixed media, installation, photography, sculpture
* Nuttaphol Ma “ drawing, installation, sculpture, other
* Alison O'Daniel “ experimental, film and video, performance art, photography
* Nate Page “ interdisciplinary“mixed media, installation, sculpture
* Nancy Popp “ performance art

"As one of the largest patrons of the arts in L.A., the community foundation strives to keep the arts healthy, vibrant and accessible to all," said Antonia Hernandez, president and CEO of CCF. "Our fellowship program is important and unique because it provides direct and meaningful support to visual artists so they can devote themselves fully to developing their work as art and as a career."

The CCF Fellowship for Visual Artists is made possible by the generous funding of sponsors which currently include: J. Paul Getty Trust, Brody Arts Fund, Atlass Fund, Joan Palevsky Endowment for the Future of Los Angeles, T.M. and R.W. Brown Fund, Harry J. Volk Fund, Pamela Simon-Jensen Fund, Scott N. Kivel Charitable Fund, The Jane Eisner Fund and The Tom and Janet Unterman Family Gift Fund.

The works and biographies of current and past fellows, in addition to more information regarding the fellowship program and its generous donors are available for viewing in the new online gallery at

California Community Foundation (CCF) is a public, charitable organization serving Los Angeles County in multiple capacities since 1915. It encourages philanthropy by individuals, families, companies and organizations, and serves as a steward of their charitable funds and legacies. It also makes grants to nonprofits in the arts, education, health care, housing and neighborhoods, and human development, and collaborates in addressing the needs of vulnerable populations such as adults with developmental disabilities. In addition, it actively engages in community problem solving with business, civic, government and other organizations. For more information, visit or follow us on Facebook at

July 12, 2011

Abel Baker Gutierrez, "Swimming", Opens July 23 - August 27, 2011

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Abel Baker Gutierrez’s work explores the way images acquire different meaning over time and the overlapping systems that shape perceptions about the archetypal male. Taking inspiration from rock music's aesthetic trends to Scout culture and Old Master paintings, Gutierrez utilizes a diverse range of source material to create paintings, photographs, sculpture and video installations loaded with potential interpretations.   more

His recent work reflects upon society’s obsession with youth culture, issues of “growing up”, and ideals of masculinity, yet these subjects are negotiated through a visual vocabulary that effectively blurs the distinction between social critique and melancholic nostalgia. [ READ ON ]

July 05, 2011

federico solmi featured in LACDA's Analog to Digital

Opening in Downtown Los Angeles on July 9th, 2011 @ the Los Angeles enter for Digital Art (LACDA) is an exhibition entitled Analog to Digital.   more

Curated by Rex Bruce“an artist who is also founder and director of LACDA“this digital and new media show presents a stellar display of work by many notable creatives, including John Baldessari, Gronk, Patti Heid, Dennis Hopper, Kathryn Jacobi, Luke Matjas, Miss Maytag Collective, Mark Mothersbaugh, Federico Solmi, Anneliese Varaldiev, Robert Williams, Joel-Peter Witkin.

Several of the artists, like Baldessari and Hopper, are not typically thought of as being in the genre of “digital and/or new media” per se. Yet to this point, Bruce says “New media is not-so-new at all really.” Adding in his curatorial statement that:

I see more kindred relationships between forms than not, historically and otherwise. I embarked on an exploration of that notion by curating an exhibit which contains analog and digital works together and traces these relationships. Although the differentiation between digital and other forms is largely artificial, the perception of difference and change with emergent technologies and the culture surrounding them is very strong.

Analog to Digital runs at LACDA July 9th through September 2, 2011, with an opening reception on July 9th from 7 to 9pm. An select image slideshow follows a multi-part, video discussion with Bruce, in which he talks about the upcoming exhibition, also sharing his views on the value of the arts and humanities as well other enlightening thoughts relating to culture-at-large. [ READ ON ]