José Gabriel Fernández Installation View

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13.3 – 6.4 2019

José Gabriel Fernández:Selected Works 2010-2019

José Gabriel Fernández:Selected Works 2010-2019

13.03 – 06.04.2019

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Hours

Monday to Saturday

10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Gallery

3-5 Swallow Street, London, W1B 4DE

Huxley-Parlour are pleased to present an exhibition of works by Venezuelan artist, José Gabriel Fernández. Featuring thirteen sculptures and reliefs, the exhibition includes recent works from his series Erotes and Lingam as well as new work made in 2019.

Fernández’s practice is influenced by the history of Modernism in Latin America, and specifically in Venezuela. As such, his works are preoccupied with ideas of geometry, line and form in relation to spatial politics and concepts of time and rhythm. As with his earliest works, his series Erotes and Lingam explore theories of gender, encouraging reflections on the body and a reinterpretation of archetypal expressions of eroticism and desire in the Avant-Garde movements of the twentieth century. His works also reference earlier moments from art history, for example, visual perspective in Italian Renaissance architecture, inspired by a childhood lived in Florence, as well as ancient architectural motifs such as Caryatids.

Untitled, Jose Gabriel Fernandez
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Untitled, 2015. José Gabriel Fernández

Constructed from various materials, including plywood, resin, fibreglass-reinforced gypsum and MDF, Fernández’s achromatic works play with concepts of neutrality and space with the aim of constructing differing spatial relationships between the works of art and the viewer. The sculptures at once convey a totality and opaqueness while at the same time suggesting a lightness and softness through the use of organic lines and scale. Fernández’s relief works in particular play with this juxtaposition as he manipulates solids and voids through the use of light and shadow, revealing structural complexities.

The Exhibition

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The Works

13

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José Gabriel Fernández

Erotillo (with Cylinder), 2016

Acrylic gesso on forton and plywood

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José Gabriel Fernández

Erotillo, 2010

Fiberglass, carbon fibre, resin and polyurethane

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José Gabriel Fernández

Erotes, 2011

Fiberglass, carbon fibre, polyurethane resin and lacquer paint

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José Gabriel Fernández

Lingam, 2017

Gesso on fiberglass reinforced gypsum and plywood

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José Gabriel Fernández

Untitled, 2015

Gesso on white gypsum cement

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José Gabriel Fernández

Untitled, 2018

Gesso on white gypsum cement

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José Gabriel Fernández

Untitled, Study I, 2018

Archival mounting board relief

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José Gabriel Fernández

Untitled, Study II, 2018

Archival mounting board relief

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José Gabriel Fernández

Untitled, Study III, 2018

Archival mounting board relief

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José Gabriel Fernández

Untitled, 2015

Acrylic gesso on MDF

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José Gabriel Fernández

Cariatide, 2019

Acrylic gesso on MDF

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José Gabriel Fernández

Untitled, 2003/14

Acrylic gesso on gypsum cement and resin

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José Gabriel Fernández

Untitled, 2003/14

Acrylic gesso on gypsum cement and resin

José Gabriel Fernández

B. Venezuela 1957

B. Venezuela 1957

Biography

José Gabriel Fernández began to utilise abstracted forms in his sculptural practice in the early 1990s. Typically white, his sculptures use organic lines and scale, employing a variety of materials including plywood, resin and fiberglass-reinforced gypsum. Inspired by the history of Modernism in Latin America, Fernández’s works play with concepts of neutrality and space with the aim of constructing differing spatial relationships between the works of art and the viewer.

In his earliest works, the series Erotes and Lingam, Fernández explored theories of gender, utilising forms that echoed the human body. These sculptures are a reinterpretation of archetypal expressions of eroticism and desire in the Avant-Garde movements of the twentieth century. The works also reference earlier moments from art history, for example, visual perspective in Italian Renaissance architecture, inspired by his childhood in Florence, as well as ancient architectural motifs such as Caryatids.

José Gabriel Fernández was born in Caracas, Venezuala in 1957. Fernández studied Fine Art at Middlesex Polytechnic and The Slade School of Fine Art, London. Fernández moved to New York City in the late 1980s, where he continued his studies at the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program. Fernández has exhibited internationally in both North and South America as well as Europe, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, P.S.1 Contemporary Arts Center, New York, the Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro and the Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid. His work has been featured in major surveys of Latin American Contemporary Art and is represented in major private and public collections.

He lives and works in New York.

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