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Christina Fernandez


Christina FernandezArtist’s Statement

My work examines the intersections between private and public space, personal and historical narratives, ex-urban and city spaces and the cultural border and historical relationships between the United States and Mexico. Works such as Manuela S-t-i-t-c-h-e-d and the Lavanderia series, picture the urban landscape of Los Angeles and the work and domestic life of Latinos in the neighborhoods of eastern Los Angeles. Space Available depicts interior spaces personal to the artist, specifically the studio in transition as a metaphor for the artists’ work never realized. The Sereno series pictures my eastside neighborhood and plays on contrasts of “natural“ spaces in urban areas and the title itself, which means serene in Spanish but is also the local gang name. I have practiced a type of landscape photography and self-portraiture in various forms throughout my career. The Sereno series embodies both of these impulses in my work. Coldwell Couch created for the How Many Billboards: Art in Stead project puts forward the idea of landscape as real estate, landscape as the reservoir of yearning and loathing in the pursuit of home and comfort for my generation. The couch in this image is a monument to consumerism and our throwaway society, a kind of tattered body/politic.

Biography

Select Solo Exhibitions from 2010-2011

2010
Residue, Gallery Luisotti, Santa Monica, Calif.

Select Group Exhibitions from 2008-2011

2010
The City Proper, curated by James Welling, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles
Selections from the Sereno Series, LBCC Art Gallery, Long Beach, Calif.
How Many Billboards, Art in Stead, MAK Center, West Hollywood, Calif.
IN COLOR: New American Stories from LACMA’s Photography Collection, LACMA, Los Angeles

2009
Status Report, Bric Contempory Arts, Brooklyn, N.Y.

2008
Phantom Sightings: Art After the Chicano Movement, LACMA, Los Angeles, (traveling)
This Side of Paradise: Body and Landscape in Los Angeles Photographs, Huntington Memorial Library and Gardens, San Marino, Calif. (traveling)
Index: Conceptualism in California, MOCA, Los Angeles

Artist Panels and Presentations

2011
Artist Talk, The City Proper, organized by James Welling, Margo Leavin Gallery

2010
Artist Panel, How Many Billboards, Art in Stead, MAK Center, West Hollywood, Calif.

2008
Aparaciones Fantasmales, panel discussion, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City
Mexican Culture in the Photographs of Graciela Iturbide, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
Point-of-View Artist Talk for Danza de la Cabrita (The Goats Dance), photographs by Graciela Iturbide, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Curatorial Projects

2009
Ismael de Anda III, Viento, Cerritos College Art Gallery, Norwalk, Calif.

2008
Selections from the Collection of El Nopal Press Cerritos College Art Gallery, Norwalk, Calif.
Reciprocity, artists Sandra de la Loza and Brian Moss, Cerritos College Art Gallery, Norwalk, Calif.

EDUCATION

M.F.A., 1996
California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, Calif.

B.A., 1989
University of California, Los Angeles

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