Frank Gutierrez’s artwork Once Again (Una vez mas), was displayed among works that Darry Sheets put up on auction after buying a locker in an episode of Storage Wars. Gutierrez also made a lithograph of this painting, adding fighter jets in the sky (see below). He is much lesser known, and his style is less consistent and less recognisable, than the more prolific music album illustrator Rudy Gutierrez (see another post, on http://www.mindprintart.wordpress.com).
The dominant general theme in Gutierrez’s Once Again, is revealed by extra features of type 10 Teacher, typical of raised arms (here of five characters), staff (two flag-posts), hunt-master (president and three forces commanders), guard (three forces commanders), and council (thee in argument). Type 10 expresses balance, as in its mytho-astro version of Libra, but here the theme of balance is as ironic as the conscious theme of national protection and defence. The canvas speaks of the Biblical ‘war and rumours of war’, and the threat of war to end all wars.
Type Label; Character (noting archetypal features):
2 Builder; Buffalo (bovid) on a spoof flag (twist) inscribed ‘California’. The real state flag has a star and bear, inscribed California Republic, since it started as a briefly illegal gold rush immigration occupation of a Mexican territory in 1846, named Bear Flag Revolt. The flag could refer to Santa Catalina Island and Gulf at Los Angeles, formerly of the Tongva tribe, Spain, Mexico, pirates, smugglers, and private owners, now a tourist resort. The ‘Vanishing American’ movie crew took some bison to the island in 1924. The spoof flag is on a bench, before terror or war smoke (ruin).
2c Basket; Air Force or policeman clown (hat, weapon) with pistol.
3 Queen; Defence commander (sacrifice).
4 King; Politician? At bench (squat, rectangle) in front of inferno (furnace).
5a Priest; President (assembly), perhaps George W Bush, or aide with briefcase of nuclear launch codes (tailcoat head, weapon), wearing a USA flag (vari-coloured) cape, hand under jacket as Napoleon.
6 Exile; Priest (more typical of 5), at coffin (sacrifice).
7 Child; Forces clown (juvenile), eyes closed (eyeless). And USA flag (unfold).
7g Gal.Centre; USA flag (juncture) and coffin.
9 Healer; Pistol (strong) discharged; NO EYE.
10 Teacher; Nuclear launch code briefcase (‘hunt-master’, guard, metal); NO EYE.
11 Womb; Homeless man’s midriff (‘womb’) reclining (tomb?).
12 Heart; Homeless man’s chest (heart), reclining (death?).
14 Mixer; Homeless man (transform?).
15 Maker; Toy pistol (weapon, smite), as on left (doubled).
15g Gal.Gate;Forces badge.
Axial centre; Unmarked as usual.
4p Gal.S.Pole; President’s jaw (limb-joint).
11p Gal.Pole; Homeless man’s elbow (limb-joint). The galactic polar axle is near the vertical plane.
Summer; Force member’s shoulder (limb-joint).
Winter; Force member A’s elbow (limb-joint).
The solstice axle places summer between axes 15-1, or Gemini-Taurus, thus spring and the cultural time-frame in Age Pisces-Aquarius, our current Age (since 2016). These markers are confirmed by the types of the two top central characters. This transitional framework was slightly ‘prophetic’ for the artist, but works aimed at social reform often find expression in transitional time-frames.
Structuralist features of expression are universal, and subconscious to artists, architects, builders, crafters and members of any culture.
Frank Gutierrez’ Once Again poster flips the structure around
Most artists instinctively re-design their works for use in different media, and avoid making exact copies of their works, partly since hand-made copies could affect the integrity of the axial grid. Most engravings in the Renaissance and industrial era are also re-designs, such as Cibber’s engraving of the Great Fire of London, versus his bronze plaque of the same theme for Nelson’s column (see Stoneprint Journal 4; Stoneprint tour of London, available from Lulu.com, or short extracts on http://www.mindprintart.wordpress.com and on www.stoneprintjournal.wordpress.com).
The poster flips the structure left-right, and re-designs its. There are few structuralist co-incidences between the painting and the poster:
Type 2 Builder as flag; v epaulette or jaw.
President’s briefcase with nuclear launch codes as type 10 Teacher or balance; v 14 Mixer or transformation.
President’s jaw as Galactic South Pole marker; v Summer or Celestial Pole marker.
Time-frame of Age Pisces-Aquarius; v Age Taurus-Aries, more common in alchemical works.
The theme of deja vu in the political behaviour that enables societies and nations, ironically parallels recurrent features in the ‘grammar’ or ‘genetic code’ that enables nature and culture.
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