My Highlights from Frieze Week New York
Teresita Fernández is well known for her large-scale installations and sculptures, such as her 2015 project, Fata Morgana, in New York’s Madison Square Park—the artist’s largest public artwork to date, composed of six mirrored canopies suspended above the park’s central lawn. A McArthur Fellow, Fernández alters space to create illusions, subtly modifying the physical sensations of the viewer and dramatizing the role architecture plays in shaping our lives and perceptions. In Interior (canopy/carpet) the artist’s thinking and planning process is revealed as color and the canopy (a key architectural element in her practice) are articulated in the development of an interior sculptural environment. An interpretation of the structure depicted in this drawing was later realized as an installation in Fernández’s first solo museum exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia in 1999.
Fernandez’s work is featured in collections including Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN.
—Courtesy of ICI
Image rights: Courtesy of the artist and Lehman Maupin, New York, Hong Kong
Fernández is a conceptual artist best known for her prominent public sculptures and unconventional use of materials. Her work is characterized by an interest in perception and the psychology of looking, and her experiential, large-scale works are often inspired by landscape and natural phenomena, as well as diverse historical and cultural references. For example, from the Plexiglas circular labyrinth Bamboo Cinema (2001) to the graphite seascape Nocturnal (Neon Miniature) (2011) to the shimmering blue walls of Stacked Waters (2009) in the atrium of The Blanton Museum, Texas, Fernández references traditional artistic techniques from Baroque-era ceiling painting and conventions of landscape painting to the works of Land artist Robert Smithson and Minimalist Donald Judd.
American, b. 1968, Miami, Florida, based in New York, New York