Brendan Fernandes: From Hiz Hands
On view April 22, 2017 - July 30, 2017
Beginning April 22, an installation by Chicago and NYC based artist Brendan Fernandes will be on view in the front window of Eleven Twenty Projects showcasing three neon works from Ferndandes' 2010 series From Hiz Hands.
Fernandes’ work explores the dissemination of Western notions of an exotic Africa through the symbolic economy of "African" masks sold on Canal Street and on the streets outside museums in New York such as the Whitney and Metropolitan. This work plays on the contrasting relationship to the masks on display in the window to the masks on display in the museums themselves. The artist examines the authenticity of these objects through pulsating neon masks. The light sculptures seem to be trying to communicate with the outside world as their pulses silently spell out morse coded demands about their own provenance. The installation also looks at the personal narratives of the mask sellers, drawing on the artist’s own migration from Kenya to Canada. From Hiz Hands assembles a series of works that create a shared history of identity, origin and displacement.
This off-site project is in conjunction with UB Anderson Gallery’s group exhibition The Language of Objects.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Brendan Fernandes is a Canadian artist of Kenyan and Indian descent. He completed the Independent Study Program of the Whitney Museum of American Art (2007) and earned his MFA (2005) from the University of Western Ontario and his BFA (2002) from York University in Canada. He has exhibited internationally and nationally including exhibitions at the Soloman R. Guggenheim Museum, MoMA, the Museum of Art and Design New York, Art in General, the Musee d'art contemporary de Montreal, The National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Hamilton, the Brooklyn Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, Mass MoCA, The Andy Warhol Museum, the Art Gallery of York University, Deutsche Guggenheim, Bergen Kunsthall, Stedelijk Museum, the Sculpture Centre, Manif d'Art: The Quebec City Biennial, The Third Guangzhou Triennial and the Western New York Biennial through The Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Artist Website: http://www.brendanfernandes.ca
Launched in March 2016, “The Front” is a public exhibition space that presents a new and unique public art experience in the window of the gallery at 1120 Main Street. The space measures 4’ x 40’ and invites a variety of uses, from paintings, drawings, video, and temporary performance to imaginative site-specific installations. Programming for The Front will showcase independent installations, as well as complement current gallery exhibits.