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Heading into late fall we have opened our first solo exhibition of the season with new works by Claudia Gutierrez, a local multidisciplinary artist specializing in painting.
Originally from British Columbia, Gutierrez completed her fine arts education at the Ottawa School of Art (OSA) and School of Photographic Arts (SPAO). She currently maintains her practice here in Ottawa.
Her work in this exhibit consists of 7 large bold abstract paintings, black and white, executed in acrylic. The paintings are a series and act as an analysis of artistic process and perception.
Artist Claudia Gutierrez offers a brave glimpse of her artistic process with focused works, she addresses the knowledge and memories she has collected—what is remembered, what has survived, and what is left out.
Have you ever wondered how an artist creates art?
What goes through an artist’s mind as they are working?
Have you ever tried to understand the an artist's process?
What creative expressions survive this process to become a finished piece of art?
This exhibition strives to address these questions. Art process is a challenge and as visual artists, at times we create certain biases in our minds about what our artwork "should" look like, "should" be or "should" mean based on our knowledge of art making and art history. We then build conclusions based either on what has survived this process or what did not make it to the final piece. Then once it is made public, the viewer's perception is brought into the process, which in turn creates new conclusions about the work of art. In a sense, this process is a continual progression or story.
The title of the exhibit, Survivorship bias, is a term borrowed from economics, which deals with the idea of data collection and formulating conclusions based on what is and isn't collected. Survivorship bias is the logical error of concentrating on the things or people that "survived" some process and inadvertently overlooking those that did not because of their lack of visibility. Survivorship bias can lead to overly optimistic beliefs because failures are ignored.
Gutierrez appropriates the circle as a base shape in some of her paintings. The circle of time may be the only thing that holds our perceptions, experiences and memories together in a series or a story. As we circle through time we collect data to help us survive, and we share it. With these paintings, Gutierrez shares her view of what has survived in her artistic memory, her process and her discoveries, all the while being aware of what did not survive this progression. Each piece explores the bias created in the artist’s memory within the process of creating art work and brings forth Gutierriez's knowledge of painting and literature that deals with notions of time, process and perception.
Survivorship Bias runs until November 23, 2014. All of the paintings are also for sale. I hope you get a chance to check out this talented artist, who continues to address something so very important to any artist's journey, their artistic process.