Thu 26 Oct 2023 to Mon 18 Dec 2023
Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 11am-5pm
Artist: Agustin Fernandez
Opening reception: Thursday 26 October, 6pm-8pm
“Navigating the Line” invites you to explore the relationships of violence and eroticism, human anatomy and machinery, unconscious desires, and obsession. This exhibition delves into the imaginative and provocative expressions Agustín Fernández is celebrated for, highlighting the exploration of non-duality in his oeuvre and spanning three decades, from 1962 – 1995.
Far from restricting himself to one medium, Cuban artist Agustín Fernández produced drawings, collages, and found-object assemblages alongside his haunting oil-on-canvas compositions. Neither preparatory studies for paintings nor simple throw-away sketches, Fernández’s works on paper were parallel investigations into the space beyond representation. His mysterious objects, whether painted or drawn, remain convincing in volume, trompe l’oeil depictions of sinuous and sensual forms that convey the physical qualities of objecthood while remaining unnamable in language alone: razorblades become the scales of serpents; phallic protrusions approximate the shape of breasts; and scenes of apparent pain morph into flowers.