TATIANA ECHEVERRI FERNANDEZ
Curated by Mark Mangion
26 March → 19 April 2009
Malta Contemporary Art, Marsa
In this new body of work by Tatiana Echeverri Fernandez, two elements - glass and paper - come together precisely to propose multitudes and unpredictable spaces which are firmly grounded in the dialectic of sculpture and imbued with a sense of weightlessness and architectural fragility.
These assemblages make use of a loose aesthetic full of physical contradictions. Abrupt textural shifts define planes and create parallel geometric spaces where light is drawn out through reflection and shadow, marking the subtlety of this composed architecture within the object and the image. Unstable bindings and reflections of ruin are created through articulated form and incidental gesture. Interiority and exteriority become one and the other. A spatial disorientation occurs proposing uncertain realities and new potentialities.
Tatiana Echeverri Fernandez makes sculptures, videos, performances and works on paper, Echeverri Fernandez explores the dynamic relationship between different bodies, objects, materials and images when staged in close proximity within jarring combinations or awkward positions. Her sculptural assemblages made out of sheet glass, steel, wooden logs, found vessels and plasterboard, are constructed through a complex process of layering and juxtaposition. Their often-evocative titles, such as “Gangster Woman Before Wedding”, suggest possible narratives over and against their abstract nature, lending the pieces an unresolved dramatic tension. Through the use of found materials and images, Echeverri Fernandez also reinvests obsolete objects and historical forms with renewed social value while mapping out their previous ideological referents.
Tatiana Echeverri Fernandez (b.1974 – Lives and works in Berlin) studied sculpture at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf and at the Royal College of Art in London.
Recent shows include Second Hand, Engholm Engelhorn Galerie, Vienna, 2009, Werkstatt des Alphabets, Carl Freedman Gallery, London, 2008, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, curated by Tracey Emin, Royal Academy, London, 2008, Gut of the Quantifier, Lisa Cooley Gallery, New York, 2008, Martian Museum of Terrestrial Art, Barbican, London, 2008?, Fit to Print, Gagosian Gallery, Madison Avenue, New York, 2007, An Archaeology, 176 Project Space, London, 2007.