Organized by the University of South Florida Institute for Research in Art; Coordinated at MOCA Cleveland by Margo Ann Crutchfield, Senior Curator
Marjorie Talalay and Peter B. Lewis Galleries
Teresita Fernández is internationally known for immersive installations and evocative large-scale sculptures that address space, light, and perception. Made with polished stainless steel, glass, and other materials including plastic and graphite, Fernández's abstrat sculptures incorporate reflection, light and shadow in poetic, somtimes luminous formations that suggest natural phenomena. This survey presents a spectrum of the artist's most recent and ambitious projects created between 2005 and 2009. Featured among the exhibition's ten works is the artist's latest graphite and steel sculpture; Drawn Waters (Borrowdale) (2009); and Epic (2009), a monumental graphite wall installation. Resembling an immense, cascading branch, Vertigo (sotto en su) (2007) includes eight layers of precision-cut, highly polished metal woven into an intricate, reflective arboreal pattern that suspends from the ceiling high above the viewer. Fernández's work vacillates between object and optical phenomena, often doubling as screens, mirrors, and lenses, while exploring the relatioship between nature and perception.