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Carlee Fernandez


Carlee FernandezArtist’s Statement

I was fortunate to join Acuna-Hansen Gallery soon after graduate school, and to have 4 solo shows there. My first two shows were well received, but I felt that my art was just on the cusp of the critical dialogue I had hoped it would spark. I made a decision to move away from taxidermy as my sole material, to further explore my concepts in other forms. Some peers saw this move as unsafe, given that my taxidermic work was already selling successfully. I, however, saw this shift as a way to further motivate and challenge myself. My hope was-and still is-to motivate others, too, in a dynamic art dialogue that nourishes me as well as a larger community. My later two shows with the gallery helped me begin to achieve this goal through my use of new materials.

The photographs from the “Man” series, my most recent show, will be part of “Phantom Sightings,” a group exhibition at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, opening in April 2008. LACMA has chosen the diptych “Self Portrait: Portrait of My Father, Manuel Fernandez” to place on banners across Los Angeles. This is an excellent example of the critical audience and larger community I strive to reach.

I am happy with the departures I consistently take with my art, and feel confident that I will continue making work that is meaningful and exciting to me, even if I have to take some time between bodies of work due to economic constraints.

Website: carleefernandez.com

Biography

Select Solo Exhibitions

2006
Man, Platform Gallery, Seattle, WA

2004
Bear Studies, Acuna-Hansen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2002
Still Lifes, Acuna-Hansen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Select Group Exhibitions

2008
Phantom Sightings, Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Acclimatation, Villa Arson Art Centre, Nice, France

2007
Body Double, Luckman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2006
Witness Protection, Robert V. Fullerton Museum, San Bernardino, CA

2004
Upstarts, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Professional Expertise

2000 – 2004
Web Designer, Studio Built

Grants/Awards

1998
Helen B. Dooley Art Fellowship

EDUCATION

M.F.A. 1999
Claremont Graduate University

B.F.A. 1997
California State University, Fullerton

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