Fausto Fernandez has been crossing literal and metaphorical boundaries his entire life. Fernandez grew up between Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and El Paso, Texas. He earned his art degrees from University of Texas, El Paso, and his paintings have been exhibited in museums and galleries in both Mexico and throughout the U.S. In this new body of work, Fausto Fernandez applies found materials that help him express his stories in metaphors: particularly stories of relationships, his interest in graphic design, and the influence of art history that challenged him to explore alternative forms of expression. Using wallpaper and instructional materials such as architectural drawings and maps, with bold abstract expressionist strokes of paint and graffiti, Fernandez’s new work further examines narratives about power dynamics and personal direction. The instructional materials serve as metaphors to rituals that inform and direct societal values. These elements of order, juxtaposed with action and gesture, then grounds the works with swaths of solid color, predominately black, that suggest mystery and monumentality.
Please come see them in person, from May 17 through June 10, 2019 at Turner Carroll Gallery. Artwork in the exhibition may be seen here.
Opening Reception Friday, May 17, 2019, from 5 to 7 pm
[n.b. that this event takes place in Santa Fe]