Third Friday, February 15, 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
First Friday, March 1, 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Mixed Media Works by Fausto Fernandez
”These prints were made during my time as a guest artist in the printmaking studio at XICO. For three days I spent time learning the silkscreen and printing press process. The experience making these prints allowed me the value of problem solving, layering materials, cutting stencils, spraying over them, and running around cleaning tools and screens. These prints are an extension of my current series of paintings on canvas that are layered with collage, acrylics, spray paint, and in some cases found materials.
In my paintings I apply everyday objects, such as flower drawings, sewing patterns, wallpaper, and diagrammatic sources that are commercially manufactured items. Like many artists I borrow freely from the art of the past, pop artists consistently look for mundane objects and abandon the their conventional use to present them in a different way. In college I studied graphic design along with painting, and my skills as a designer bare a strong imprint on the paintings and collages. Strong lines and geometric shapes anchor the free-floating elements, which I weave together. Inspired by the abstract expressionist, these paintings consist of “action and gesture” resulting in an emotional and painterly display.” — Fausto Fernandez
About the Artist:
Fernandez’s work has been selected for exhibitions at McNay Museum of Art in San Antonio; Akron Museum in Ohio; Mesa Contemporary Art; Tempe Center for the Arts; Smithsonian’s George Gustav Heye Center in New York; and Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, Canada. His collages are in the permanent collections at Tucson Museum of Art in Arizona, Phoenix Art Museum, The Heard Museum, The Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts at The University of Texas at El Paso, and The City of El Paso Museum and Cultural Affairs Department.