Lehmann Maupin would like to announce a solo exhibition by Teresita Fernández. The exhibition will consist of three large-scale works. This is Fernández's first solo exhibition at Lehmann Maupin, although she has had other one-person gallery shows in New York.
For this exhibition, Fernández presents a sculptural environment consisting of abstracted representations of natural phenomena: a sweeping waterfall, a parabolic sand dune, and the quality of light at a precise moment of day. The overt architectural references in much of Fernández's previous work, such as the pool installations or formal garden "rooms," are more subtle here, where she utilizes the innate architecture of natural forms. These organic forms are broken down into thousands or hundreds of thousands of individual elements. Acrylic bands of blue and white curving out from the wall represent water in motion; glass beads covering a dune-shaped form create the shimmering effect of light on sand; hundreds of acrylic cubes in varying hues of violet are points of color that capture the light or atmospheric condition of a particular moment. The effect caused by the bombardment of this multitude of tiny points creates an optically complex experience for the viewer.
Teresita Fernández has had solo exhibitions at such venues as Site Santa Fe, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, and Castello di Rivoli in Turin, Italy, as well as a special commissioned project for the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 2001, her piece Bamboo Cinema, commissioned by Public Art Fund, was exhibited in Madison Square Park. She currently has an installation on view at the Whitney Museum of American Art at Phillip Morris and this fall, Miami Art Museum will present a solo exhibition of her work. In Spring 2003, Grand Arts, Kansas City, which funded the production of one of the works in this show, will have an exhibition of her work as well.
Fernández is a recipient of Louis Comfort Tiffany Biennial Award, an affiliated fellowship at American Academy in Rome, ArtPace International Artist-in-Residence Program, and an NEA Individual Artist's Grant. She lives and works in New York.