Walnut Grove Art Gallery Showcases “Gochi’s” Message

Anthony Gutierrez
Staff Writer
March 30, 2016

River News-Herald


Local gallery hosts Gochi Steps, an architecture art exhibit that explores topics of spirituality through a minimalist design in the art pieces. A subtle, layered, hidden spiritual meaning can be interpreted like pieces of a puzzle through its observation, unlocking a spiritual message that is truly something special.
Alfredo Montalvo Gochicoa (aka Gochi), the artist featured in Walnut Grove’s “Crazy By Design” art gallery, talks about the meanings in his art pieces that look simplistic to the eye but further analysis suggests something more.

In one art piece, an abstract form of 4 white trapezoids circle a golden pyramid that fills a bottom red surface. Gochi explains that what the viewer is looking at is an abstraction of a cross. The red in the art piece is blood, the gold pyramid protruding upward to an apex represents god and the 4 white trapezoids represent spirituality. Gochi concluded that the abstraction in the art piece fulfills the purpose of an open-mindedness to spiritualism. “That’s why it’s also geometrically designed,” he said.

“Steps,” another one of Gochi’s art pieces, is a simplistic design of yellow steps of a staircase. “You can go up or down,” he said. He explains that when this is given a spiritual meaning up represents good and down represents bad and yellow represents happy. And it would be up to the staircase to decide in which direction they want to take their happiness. Upwards or downwards? This can tie in to heaven and hell.
Gochi feels that the simplistic nature of the piece caters to a wide audience yet to see something more, a certain knowledge is required.

A similar art piece called “Stairway to Heaven” has a little more going on. With the same idea of going up and down is brought over, there’s certain colors at play that changes the meaning. The art piece depicts a white square in the foreground of a blue background with a horizontal orange line running across the white square and in the center there’s an opening showing the blue background that can be reached by orange colored stairs.

“The concept of this piece is that heaven is above. The white square is a cloud. White is pure, spiritual, innocent. Orange is colored in the stairs representing the world,” he explains.

Orange is a very important color in this art piece. If you know your colors, the mixture of colors to make orange is red and yellow. Gochi took this in mind and said that the red represents a violent, aggressive, dangerous nature of man, while yellow represents happiness, cheerfulness of man. This can be tied to the worldy, earthly experience that man can get frustrated by red and find temporary yellow in their lives.
Since orange represents this state of life, you can go up or you can go down. Blue in the background is tied to heaven, the sky, the sea. It’s God in all his wisdom, faith and trust.

A lot of Gochi’s art pieces use the design of squares and when asked about this, Gochi humorously makes a joke of it. “Because I’m an architect. I’m not a square but I like square things with straight lines and 90 degree angles,” he laughs.

Another intriguing art piece of Gochi is called “Snowflake.” At first glance, it’s an abstract art piece of wooden lines going vertically and horizontally through each other like geometry and a dark colored wooden piece protruding from its center. “It’s a cross,” Gochi said. The wooden lines represent a mountain and on top of it is a cross. Gochi made the observation that having religion in your art shies people away.
The majority of people don’t want to see religious things in their art and Gochi found a way to go around this by being subtle about it. In a way, he is challenging the naysayers of religious figures by presenting his ideas in the public through a secret code.

“I’m religious and most people aren’t. This is a form of showing the cross in a secret way. It’s disguised as minimalistic and I believe art transpires tranquility.”

Along with the wall mounted pieces from Gochi, there were also architectural pieces of his creative designs of houses on display at the exhibition. They were made with the purpose of being built in the Delta. They have a special feature of being open to nature with the design having a lot of windows on the walls inviting nature to one’s home and a roof of greenery being eco-friendly. Gochi said most houses have a very burdensome foundation that kills the Earth while in his designs his houses are designed to be less foundationally in tuned, almost giving it a floating feature. Gochi said his designs of the houses can rotate and they have been well thought out to be realistically buildable.

“In the houses, you can see the thunder, the sunlight in the morning, the moon, the clouds. Nature comes to your home and it’s really something special,” he said.

He said that something really unique about his houses is that you can stand in them and feel like you’re everywhere. The glass house has that feeling of being encompassed by everything because of all the windows in all the walls.

Something special about Gochi’s art pieces is that they have an overall deep message. “There’s more things in life than money, than fame, than materials,” he explains. “It’s that special something that’s in your heart, that’s in your soul.” Gochi feels that it’s spirituality that most people have forgotten in their lives and he wishes to remind people of it.

Art Gallery owners Christopher Anderson and Donna Anderson would like to thank Gochi for coming to show his work. They feel like they are doing the Delta a service by showcasing art pieces from local artists and supporting them by hosting. Gochi’s gallery will run until 5/1. Their upcoming exhibition will be on the Beatles showing vintage movie posters and memorabilia. You can find the gallery at 14112-14114 Market St. in Walnut Grove, Friday – Sunday 11 AM to 4 PM.

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