Friday, February 22, 2013

Juan Fernandez Photography at Las Manos Gallery!

An image from Juan Fernandez's "Fabricated" Series

Juan Fernandez

MFA Photography Exhibition
Friday, March 8th, 7-10pm

Las Manos Gallery presents the photographic works by Artist Juan Fernandez. Featured are his series Facade and Fabricated, which are part of his MFA thesis project at Northern Illinois University.

Facade and Fabricated are visually  different, with the conceptual cores remaining the same. Fernandez uses common materials, compositions, and subject matter to allow anyone to access the work visually. His interest lies in the relationship between the aesthetic presentation of the images versus his social commentary. Facade is a project that uses architecture to speak about ideas of isolation and oppression, while Fabricated uses studio techniques to make allusions towards ideas of social constructs, including ideas about race, identity, and class.

Fernandez's concern in the perception of the construct is rooted within his own personal experiences. The social fabric permeates the human existence. His work asks the viewer to examine the reasons and choices that created these foundations. The use of utilitarian architecture or common materials correlates the commonality of the structures to the way in which a social construct operates.

Show runs through Sunday, March 17th, 2013

For more information please email:

Las Manos Gallery
1515 W. Foster Ave.
Chicago, IL. 60640

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