tatiana echeverri fernandez
February 4th - March 11th
Museum as Retail Space (MaRS) is pleased to present Bones and Bloodlines to Space by Tatiana Echeverri Fernandez, her first solo exhibition in Los Angeles. The exhibition shows photograms exposed in Berlin and sculptures appropriated while in residence.
Text by Robert Zin Stark:
The body is not a vessel, but only a liminal reference. We wish to leave it. Drugs, spiritual experiences, vicarious fantasy, ecstatic states - we enact a multitude of practices to negate its reference.
The absent gas of a neon tube, the spatially displaced narrative of a car windshield, and the formally resistant presence of a gradient, evoke a multiplicity of dimension in concert. Wassily Kandinsky’s philosophical treatise Point and Line to Plane is recalled, but through our corporeal perspective. The brown and yellow monochrome casts remind us of what was, is, and will be bodily part of us.
Fernandez creates her photograms in complete darkness, without aide of a safelight. Her motions and arrangements a deft balance of intention and intuition, manipulating artifacts of our dying modernity. The neolithic act of cave painting might be comparable, miles into the utter darkness of the earth, to subsume the essence of great beasts that sustain us.
The prehistoric urge to document comes from darkness, because from nothing comes the urge to exist. The primordial symbol of the snake references its own perpetual documentation of its body, leaving us the sublimation from itself.
Exhibition Generously Supported by the Berlin Senate Cultural Affairs Department:
Tatiana Echeverri Fernandez lives and works in Berlin. She studied with Rosemarie Trockel at Kunstakademie Dusseldorf and obtained her Masters in sculpture from the Royal College of Art in 2005. Echeverri Fernandez’s sculptures, videos, performances and fotogramms are assemblages constructed through a complex process of layering and juxtapositioning. Obsolete objects and historical forms are reworked to suggest alternatives to their previous functions and ideological referents. In this way, Echeverri Fernandez’s works form a new structure, inter-webbed and history- less, altering their reading as well as the order, and possibilities, of the past, present and future.
Her work has been shown internationally in institutions and galleries including: Barbican (London), Kunstverein (Düsseldorf), Museum Ludwig (Cologne), Gagosian Madison Avenue (New York), 176 Project Space (London), L'Espace de l'Art Concrete (Mouans-Sartoux), Triangle France (Marseille), ICA (London), CCA (Glasgow), Carl Freedman Gallery (London), Akinci Gallery (Amsterdam), Bloomberg Space, (London), Lisa Cooley Gallery (New York), Outpost (Norwich)