Patricia Fernandez // Maha Saab
December 10, 2010 – January 20, 2011
Opening Reception: Friday, December 10th, 6-9 pm
ltd los angeles is pleased to present Patricia Fernandez and Maha Saab in a two person solo exhibition.
Patricia Fernandez // Maha Saab opens on Friday, December 10th, 2010. Thomas Lawson, artist, writer and Founder of the recently launched East of Borneo, wrote a text for Patricia Fernandez. Bartholomew Ryan, Assistant Curator Visual Arts at the Walker Art Center, wrote a text for Maha Saab. These texts are available on ltdlosangeles.com
Patricia Fernandez’s practice embraces the ambiguity and specificity of remembering and recuperating an unknown history through object making and painting. The work questions a circularity of history and the expectations of an inherited history. It speaks of the responsibility of making something out of what fragments are left, using the idea of the copy and its translation to build a network between objects, places, people and time. In Facsimiles, Fernandez uses a set of instructions passed on by her grandfather to reconstruct he objects that narrate his past. Like the copyists, Fernandez’s grandfather began carving replacement confession boxes in Spain, supporting the tradition that allowed for the objects continual existence. Like the copier of the copier of the copier, ad infinitum, Fernandez reconstructs, creating a new form, with the purpose to investigate the memories that are misremembered; forgotten. These recovered fragments of history provide the source for her ongoing project to interpret and transcribe in the construction of her own narrative.
Maha Saab is interested in creating plays between objects in space that formally stand for movement and enigmatic state of imagination to be both intrinsically visualized and opaque. Saab’s works form their own global identities that alter art historical, social and physical space. What constitutes the formal and sophisticated is addressed through a wide range of references. Saab’s photographs, sculptures and drawings are reflective semi-abstractions where form has calcified into indexes of other places. For Saab, her work is project based, meaning the conditions of the concepts and materials are one. Through this medium, Saab constructs the mis-en-scene while deconstructing social prose down to uncanny poetics.
Patricia Fernandez was born in Burgos, Spain. She earned her BFA from UCLA in 2002 and MFA from CalArts in 2010. She has been featured internationally and now is in the Back to The Old House at Clifton Benevento. Fernandez lives and works in Los Angeles.
Maha Saab was born in New York. She earned her BFA from Parsons in 2003 and MFA from UCLA in 2007. Recently, she had a solo exhibition at Midway Contemporary Art (MN) and was featured in several group exhibitions including The Mass Ornament at Barbara Gladstone Gallery (NY). Saab lives and works in Los Angeles.
Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and by appointment.
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