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Rudy Gutierrez’ musical art therapy

Artist Rudy Gutierrez illustrated music album covers for jazz, rock and reggae artists (John Coltrane, Gerald Albright, Roy Hargrove, Pablo Moses). He also painted the Jimi Hendrix 2014 memorial postage stamp, and many book covers. His painting of a guru or music producer with a collage of musicians is typical of his dynamic and multi-sensory, surreal style, sharing many features with ayahuasca and DMT art, such as spirals and vines. Structuralist analysis against the archetype model of universal subconscious expression, demonstrates a high level of integration between conscious, subconscious and natural or ultimate meanings in this Gutierrez work.

Gutierrez sees art as therapy, visual art and music as connected, and is anti-drugs, like DK Dyson. He is also an arts academic and teacher. The dominant general theme in the Musicians painting is revealed by extra features of type 10 Teacher, typical of raised arms (here of all ten characters), staff (flower stalks and guitars), metal (trumpet, guitars), market, disc (halos, spirals), council (collage), ecology (plants), and school (choir ‘buds’). Another general theme is the polar triangles, typical of limb-joints (here raised arms, and active postures).

Rudy Gutierrez; Guru and musicians (after Abduzeedo. Archetypal labels and axial grid by E Furter). His multi-sensory surreal style shares many features with ayahuasca art. Archetypal analysis demonstrates a high level of integration between conscious, subconscious and natural or ultimate meanings in this work.

Type Label; Character (noting archetypal features):

2 Builder; John Coltrane (hero) with trumpet (twist).

2c Basket; Geometric (weave) bird. And guru’s ear (maze).

3 Queen; Guru’s left eye.

4 King; Guru’s implied third eye.

5a Priest; Guru’s right eye (‘priest’, hyperactive, assembly), pouring water (water).

5b Priest; Musician?, face frontal, sits on a sunflower.

5c Basket Tail; Two sunflower (weave) heads (plant, disc).

6 Exile; Bryan Adams or Bruce Springsteen, on a rose flower (tree).

7 Child; Whitney Houston points at her palm (unfold), on a throne (chariot?).

7g Gal.Centre; Whitney Houston’s hands (limb-joints).

9 Healer; Bob Dylan (trance?) leans (bent forward).

9c Basket Lid; Stream (weave, reveal) from guru’s hands.

10 Teacher; Beads? (school?) and heart shadow in guru’s hands (arms-up).

11 Womb; Diana Ross?’s midriff, pregnant (womb) in a flower (crop), in the stream (water).

12 Heart; Diana Ross? In the stream (water-work).

13 Heart; Barbara Streisand’s chest (heart), in a flower.

13c Basket Head; Barbara Streisand. And Sunflower spiral (weave).

14 Mixer; Aretha Franklin, pointing (dance?), in a flower (tree).

15 Maker; Carlos Santana with guitar (sceptre), in flower bud (bag).

15g Gal.Gate; Rose heart (juncture) on chain (rope of 15). And trumpet (juncture).

Axial centre; Unmarked as usual.

4p Gal.S.Pole; Unmarked, probably on the vertical plane.

11p Gal.Pole; Barbara Streisand’s hand (limb-joint).

Summer; Rose boy C’s hands (limb-joints), and source of swift birds (limb-joints).

Winter; Angel? (limb-joints) and end of swift birds (limb-joints).

The solstice axle is on the horizontal plane of the axial centre, confirming summer between axes 14-15, or Cancer-Gemini, thus spring and the cultural time-frame in Age Aries-Pisces. This ‘era’ is confirmed by the types of the main character’s left eye and implied third eye, in the top central position.

Structuralist features of expression are universal, and subconscious to artists, architects, builders, crafters and members of any culture.

  • See a painting and poster by the lesser recognised Frank Gutierrez in a post on edmondfurter.wordpress.com
  • See articles on, and examples of the archetypal structuralist model analyses, in the book Mindprint, the subconscious art code (2014), and editions of Stoneprint Journal, available on Lulu.com and in bookstores linked to Lulu.