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Teresita Fernández: Dark Earth

28 October – 3 December 2021

 

 

Limited appointments available - please click here to schedule an appointment.

No opening reception.

Dark Earth extends on Fernández’s decades-long interest in subtly unearthing the violent history embedded in our ideas about landscape and place. Each panel in the exhibition embodies an imagined scene that refers to its material makeup–gold, extraction, greed­–as well as its counterpoint–organic charcoal (burned trees), agriculture, decomposition, and sustainability. The mirrored surfaces return to viewers a distorted reflection of themselves superimposed on the image, implicating their presence as inextricably linked to the gravitas that the landscape holds.

Content

Teresita Fernández Dark Earth (Radiance), 2021 Solid charcoal and mixed media on chromed panel 37 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 3 inches 95.3 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm

Teresita Fernández
Dark Earth (Radiance), 2021
Solid charcoal and mixed media on chromed panel
37 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 3 inches
95.3 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm

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Teresita Fernández Dark Earth (Radiance), 2021 Solid charcoal and mixed media on chromed panel 37 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 3 inches 95.3 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm

Teresita Fernández
Dark Earth (Radiance), 2021
Solid charcoal and mixed media on chromed panel
37 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 3 inches
95.3 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm
 

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Teresita Fernández Dark Earth (Radiance), 2021 Solid charcoal and mixed media on chromed panel 37 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 3 inches 95.3 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm

Teresita Fernández
Dark Earth (Radiance), 2021
Solid charcoal and mixed media on chromed panel
37 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 3 inches
95.3 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm
 

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Teresita Fernández Dark Earth (Radiance), 2021 Solid charcoal and mixed media on chromed panel 37 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 3 inches 95.3 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm

Teresita Fernández
Dark Earth (Radiance), 2021
Solid charcoal and mixed media on chromed panel
37 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 3 inches
95.3 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm
 

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Teresita Fernández Dark Earth (Radiance), 2021 Solid charcoal and mixed media on chromed panel 37 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 3 inches 95.3 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm

Teresita Fernández
Dark Earth (Radiance), 2021
Solid charcoal and mixed media on chromed panel
37 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 3 inches
95.3 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm
 

Inquire
Teresita Fernández Dark Earth (Radiance), 2021 Solid charcoal and mixed media on chromed panel 37 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 3 inches 95.3 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm

Teresita Fernández
Dark Earth (Radiance), 2021
Solid charcoal and mixed media on chromed panel
37 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 3 inches
95.3 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm

Inquire
Teresita Fernández Dark Earth (Radiance), 2021 Solid charcoal and mixed media on chromed panel 37 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 3 inches 95.3 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm

Teresita Fernández
Dark Earth (Radiance), 2021
Solid charcoal and mixed media on chromed panel
37 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 3 inches
95.3 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm
 

Inquire

Teresita Fernández
Dark Earth (Radiance), 2021
Solid charcoal and mixed media on chromed panel
37 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 3 inches
95.3 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm
 

Inquire

In Dark Earth, the artist transforms thousands of tiny slivers of raw charcoal into meticulously assembled, relief images that suggest an expansive idea of place–from the ancient, historical, and subterranean to the futuristic and cosmic.

Content

Teresita Fernández Dark Earth (Full Moon), 2021 Solid charcoal and mixed media on chromed panel 37 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 3 inches 95.3 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm

Teresita Fernández
Dark Earth (Full Moon), 2021
Solid charcoal and mixed media on chromed panel
37 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 3 inches
95.3 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm

SOLD

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Teresita Fernández Dark Earth (Full Moon), 2021 Solid charcoal and mixed media on chromed panel 37 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 3 inches 95.3 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm

Teresita Fernández
Dark Earth (Full Moon), 2021
Solid charcoal and mixed media on chromed panel
37 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 3 inches
95.3 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm
 

Inquire
Teresita Fernández Dark Earth (Full Moon), 2021 Solid charcoal and mixed media on chromed panel 37 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 3 inches 95.3 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm

Teresita Fernández
Dark Earth (Full Moon), 2021
Solid charcoal and mixed media on chromed panel
37 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 3 inches
95.3 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm
 

Inquire
Teresita Fernández Dark Earth (Full Moon), 2021 Solid charcoal and mixed media on chromed panel 37 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 3 inches 95.3 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm

Teresita Fernández
Dark Earth (Full Moon), 2021
Solid charcoal and mixed media on chromed panel
37 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 3 inches
95.3 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm
 

Inquire
Teresita Fernández Dark Earth (Full Moon), 2021 Solid charcoal and mixed media on chromed panel 37 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 3 inches 95.3 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm

Teresita Fernández
Dark Earth (Full Moon), 2021
Solid charcoal and mixed media on chromed panel
37 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 3 inches
95.3 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm
 

Inquire
Teresita Fernández Dark Earth (Full Moon), 2021 Solid charcoal and mixed media on chromed panel 37 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 3 inches 95.3 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm

Teresita Fernández
Dark Earth (Full Moon), 2021
Solid charcoal and mixed media on chromed panel
37 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 3 inches
95.3 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm
 

Inquire
Teresita Fernández Dark Earth (Full Moon), 2021 Solid charcoal and mixed media on chromed panel 37 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 3 inches 95.3 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm

Teresita Fernández
Dark Earth (Full Moon), 2021
Solid charcoal and mixed media on chromed panel
37 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 3 inches
95.3 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm

Inquire
Teresita Fernández Dark Earth (Full Moon), 2021 Solid charcoal and mixed media on chromed panel 37 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 3 inches 95.3 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm

Teresita Fernández
Dark Earth (Full Moon), 2021
Solid charcoal and mixed media on chromed panel
37 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 3 inches
95.3 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm
 

Inquire

Teresita Fernández
Dark Earth (Full Moon), 2021
Solid charcoal and mixed media on chromed panel
37 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 3 inches
95.3 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm
 

Inquire

While rendering luminous and poetic representations of heavenly bodies, Fernández's landscapes also unapologetically plunge deep into the buried, often omitted or erased colonial violence that continues to shape our present-day perceptions of the people and places around us.

Content

Teresita Fernández Dark Earth (Ravine), 2021 Solid charcoal and mixed media on chromed panel 73 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 3 inches 186.7 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm

Teresita Fernández
Dark Earth (Ravine), 2021
Solid charcoal and mixed media on chromed panel
73 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 3 inches
186.7 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm

Inquire
Teresita Fernández Dark Earth (Ravine), 2021 Solid charcoal and mixed media on chromed panel 73 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 3 inches 186.7 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm

Teresita Fernández
Dark Earth (Ravine), 2021
Solid charcoal and mixed media on chromed panel
73 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 3 inches
186.7 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm

 

Inquire
Teresita Fernández Dark Earth (Ravine), 2021 Solid charcoal and mixed media on chromed panel 73 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 3 inches 186.7 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm

Teresita Fernández
Dark Earth (Ravine), 2021
Solid charcoal and mixed media on chromed panel
73 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 3 inches
186.7 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm
 

Inquire
Teresita Fernández Dark Earth (Ravine), 2021 Solid charcoal and mixed media on chromed panel 73 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 3 inches 186.7 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm

Teresita Fernández
Dark Earth (Ravine), 2021
Solid charcoal and mixed media on chromed panel
73 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 3 inches
186.7 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm
 

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Teresita Fernández Dark Earth (Ravine), 2021 Solid charcoal and mixed media on chromed panel 73 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 3 inches 186.7 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm

Teresita Fernández
Dark Earth (Ravine), 2021
Solid charcoal and mixed media on chromed panel
73 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 3 inches
186.7 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm
 

Inquire
Teresita Fernández Dark Earth (Ravine), 2021 Solid charcoal and mixed media on chromed panel 73 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 3 inches 186.7 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm

Teresita Fernández
Dark Earth (Ravine), 2021
Solid charcoal and mixed media on chromed panel
73 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 3 inches
186.7 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm
 

Inquire
Teresita Fernández Dark Earth (Ravine), 2021 Solid charcoal and mixed media on chromed panel 73 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 3 inches 186.7 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm

Teresita Fernández
Dark Earth (Ravine), 2021
Solid charcoal and mixed media on chromed panel
73 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 3 inches
186.7 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm
 

Inquire
Teresita Fernández Dark Earth (Ravine), 2021 Solid charcoal and mixed media on chromed panel 73 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 3 inches 186.7 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm

Teresita Fernández
Dark Earth (Ravine), 2021
Solid charcoal and mixed media on chromed panel
73 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 3 inches
186.7 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm
 

Inquire

Teresita Fernández
Dark Earth (Ravine), 2021
Solid charcoal and mixed media on chromed panel
73 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 3 inches
186.7 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm
 

Inquire

Characterized by interactive self-reflection and conceptual wayfinding, Fernández’s work engages in a quiet unraveling of place, visibility, and erasure that prompts an intimate experience for individual viewers. In Dark Earth, she elaborates on ideas of the traditional “figure in the landscape” by prompting viewers to consider their own roles in the eroded physical and psychological landscapes produced by centuries of dominant colonialism.

“Looking at the landscape is never passive; you are in the landscape, but the landscape, and everything that has happened there, is in turn also inside of you.”

- Teresita Fernández

Content

Teresita Fernández Dark Earth (Snow Moon), 2021 Solid charcoal and mixed media on chromed panel 73 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 3 inches 186.7 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm

Teresita Fernández
Dark Earth (Snow Moon), 2021
Solid charcoal and mixed media on chromed panel
73 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 3 inches
186.7 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm
 

Inquire
Teresita Fernández Dark Earth (Snow Moon), 2021 Solid charcoal and mixed media on chromed panel 73 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 3 inches 186.7 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm

Teresita Fernández
Dark Earth (Snow Moon), 2021
Solid charcoal and mixed media on chromed panel
73 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 3 inches
186.7 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm
 

Inquire
Teresita Fernández Dark Earth (Snow Moon), 2021 Solid charcoal and mixed media on chromed panel 73 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 3 inches 186.7 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm

Teresita Fernández
Dark Earth (Snow Moon), 2021
Solid charcoal and mixed media on chromed panel
73 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 3 inches
186.7 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm
 

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Teresita Fernández Dark Earth (Snow Moon), 2021 Solid charcoal and mixed media on chromed panel 73 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 3 inches 186.7 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm

Teresita Fernández
Dark Earth (Snow Moon), 2021
Solid charcoal and mixed media on chromed panel
73 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 3 inches
186.7 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm
 

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Teresita Fernández Dark Earth (Snow Moon), 2021 Solid charcoal and mixed media on chromed panel 73 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 3 inches 186.7 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm

Teresita Fernández
Dark Earth (Snow Moon), 2021
Solid charcoal and mixed media on chromed panel
73 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 3 inches
186.7 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm
 

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Teresita Fernández Dark Earth (Snow Moon), 2021 Solid charcoal and mixed media on chromed panel 73 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 3 inches 186.7 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm

Teresita Fernández
Dark Earth (Snow Moon), 2021
Solid charcoal and mixed media on chromed panel
73 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 3 inches
186.7 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm

 

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Teresita Fernández Dark Earth (Snow Moon), 2021 Solid charcoal and mixed media on chromed panel 73 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 3 inches 186.7 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm

Teresita Fernández
Dark Earth (Snow Moon), 2021
Solid charcoal and mixed media on chromed panel
73 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 3 inches
186.7 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm
 

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Teresita Fernández Dark Earth (Snow Moon), 2021 Solid charcoal and mixed media on chromed panel 73 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 3 inches 186.7 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm

Teresita Fernández
Dark Earth (Snow Moon), 2021
Solid charcoal and mixed media on chromed panel
73 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 3 inches
186.7 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm
 

Inquire

Teresita Fernández
Dark Earth (Snow Moon), 2021
Solid charcoal and mixed media on chromed panel
73 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 3 inches
186.7 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm
 

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Delving further, the works suggest a geological and pre-human sense of time and place while simultaneously referring to the sustainable indigenous techniques of slash and burn that kept the land fertile; and the contrasting colonial aftermath of a depleted scorched earth.

TF bio

Teresita Fernández received a BFA from Florida International University, Miami, in 1990 and an MFA​ ​from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, in 1992. She is a MacArthur Foundation Fellow​ ​(2005) and the recipient of numerous awards, including the Guggenheim Fellowship (2003), the​c​Louis Comfort Tiffany Biennial Award (1999), an American Academy of Rome Fellowship (AFAAR)​ ​(1999), and an NEA Individual Artist’s Grant in Visual Arts (1994). In 2011, she was appointed by​ ​President Barack Obama to serve on the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts. She is the first Latina to​ ​serve on this 100-year-old federal panel that advises the president and Congress on national matters​ ​of design and aesthetics.

Solo exhibitions of her work have been organized at the Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ (2020); Pérez​ ​Art Museum Miami, Miami Florida (2019); Harvard​ ​University, Cambridge, MA (2018); Olana State Historic Site, Hudson, NY (2017); Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, MA (2014); Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, TX (2011); Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, OH (2011); University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, FL (2009); and Centro de Arte​ ​Contemporáneo de Málaga, Spain (2005).

Site-specific commissions include Paradise Parados, BAM Harvey Theater, Brooklyn, NY (2021); Night Writing, Park Tower, San Francisco, CA (2019); Vînales (Mayombe Mississippi), New Orleans Museum of Art, Sculpture Garden, New Orleans, LA (2019); Island Universe, Ford Foundation, New York, NY (2019); Autumn (...Nothing Personal), Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (2018); Double Glass River, Grace Farms, New Canaan, CT (2015); Fata Morgana, Madison Square Park, New York (2015); Golden (Panorama), Aspen Art Museum, CO (2014); Nocturnal (Navigation), United States Coast Guard, Washington, D.C. (2013); Stacked Waters, Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas, Austin, TX (2009); Blind Blue Landscape, Benesse Art Site, Naoshima, Japan (2009); and Seattle Cloud Cover, Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle, WA (2006).

Fernández’s work is featured in numerous international public and private collections, including New​ ​Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Benesse Art Site,​ ​Naoshima, Japan; Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX; Bloomberg Family Foundation, New York, NY;​ ​Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, New York, NY; Grace Farms, New Canaan, CT; Harvard Art​ ​Museum, Cambridge, MA; Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL; Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel;​ ​Linda Pace Foundation, San Antonio, TX; LVMH Collection, Paris, France; Modern Art Museum of Fort​ ​Worth, Fort Worth, TX; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA;​ ​​Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY;​ ​Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX; Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL; Olympic Sculpture​ ​Park, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA; Pérez Art Museum Miami, Miami, FL; Pizzuti Collection,​ ​Columbus, OH; Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO; Sammlung Goetz, Munich, Germany; San​ ​Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington,​ ​D.C.; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY.

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