Preview: October 30–31
Public Days: November 1–4
Lehmann Maupin is pleased to participate in TEFAF Online, the art fair’s new digital platform, with a single work of art by Teresita Fernández.
Untitled(Fence) (2018) engages with ideas of visibility and the natural world by taking imagery from nature (foliage and vines) and superimposing it over the reflected image of the viewer standing before the work. The varied, interwoven layers distort the viewer's reflection and allow for the play of light and shadow across and within the animated surface of the sculpture.
As in many of her works, in Untitled(Fence) Fernández utilizes reflective materials to draw the viewer in, creating an intimate and interactive experience of wayfinding. The fence as an image suggests a boundary, border, cage or barrier, and touches upon larger socio-political themes in Fernández’s art practice that prompt us to ponder who is on the inside or the outside? Who or what is rendered visible or invisible? How do we as humans locate ourselves within image, place, and history? As each viewer moves in front of the work, their reflection and the surrounding light create an individualized experience within the sculpture’s layered mirrors and shadows. Conceived for the ambulatory viewer, this interaction “activates” the work, with the viewer functioning almost like a “figure in a landscape”, their distorted image appearing and disappearing within the woven metal.
This piece is a direct correlation to the ideas of wayfinding and landscape explored by the artist in her large-scale public work Fata Morgana in Madison Square Park (2015), Solarium (Sanctuary) (2019), and the forthcoming rooftop project titled Paradise Parados commissioned by the BAM Harvey Theater to be unveiled in 2021.
On November 12, Lehmann Maupin will open Teresita Fernández’s Maelstrom, the artist’s eleventh exhibition with the gallery. This exhibition focuses on the Caribbean and will feature a new series of monumental sculptures and installations that unapologetically visualize the enduring violence and devastation ignited by colonization. Fernández’s work is also on view in her survey exhibition Elemental, at the Phoenix Museum of Art, AZ.