San Francisco

Louis Gutierrez

Lewis and Vidal

Gutierrez is a young painter and col­lagist whose recent work is academically stifling and bears a strong similarity to Italian and Spanish formalism. His col­lages (which make up this show) are built out of corrugated cardboard squares stapled over each other and painted a single dull color, usually grey. As a final touch they are unpleasantly glazed with waterproof glue. To judge from the titles (e.g., “Light Available”) Gutierrez seems to be undertaking a study in luminosity, but the insipid character of the work belies this idea. Gutierrez has apparently become so entranced with the task of making these collages that all that is evident is a simple artisan facility which is not even intellectual enough to be called design.

Joanna C. Magloff