Gaby Collins-Fernandez: Flirt
Art can be a tease. Made to be admired and needed, persuasive through declarative or suggestive means. It is formally definite but unstuck from time, and this peculiarity allows images to survive rippling contexts and societies with that same enticing glimmer as before, though still and always dependent on the kindness of strangers.
My grandmother took to the beach in Havana with a camera sometime in the early 1940s with the same intent, to smile her contour off that shore and cast it until it found its true audience, her ideal lover.
We know otherwise (just as Piero della Francesca splits inscrutable Madonna’s disinterest down the seam of her dress with her own daydreaming fingers). History accumulates like architecture and lives. Still, let's be probing and throw what is settled to the wind. To tease is to seduce and deny ownership and poke fun, draw out, tell the story again and again funny and unfunny. Let's see what happens.
Gaby Collins-Fernandez is an artist living and working in New York City. She holds degrees from Dartmouth College (B.A.) and the Yale School of Art (M.F.A., Painting/Printmaking). Her work has been shown in the US and internationally, currently included in "Third Space" a survey of contemporary art at the Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama and recently at el Museo del Barrio, Nathalie Karg Gallery, Honey Ramka, and Danese Corey. Her work has been discussed in publications such as The Brooklyn Rail and artcritical, and was recently featured on the video interview series, Gorky's Granddaughter. She is a recipient of a Fellowship at Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY, and a 2013 Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Art Award. Collins-Fernandez is also a writer whose texts have appeared in publications such as the popular Painting on Paintings blog, The Miami Rail, and The Brooklyn Rail. Her translations of a group of Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz's sonnets with Kimberly Kruge was published in 2015 in Riot of Perfume Magazine. She is a founder and publisher of the annual magazine Precog, and a co-director of the artist-run art and music initiative BombPop!Up.
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