2019

XICO.INC Containers on Roosevelt. Phoenix, AZ.
ACTION AND GESTURE: Monoprints

Friday February 15 on Third Friday Artwalk. 425 E Roosevelt St, Phoenix, AZ 8500

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These prints were made during my time as a guest artist at the printmaking studio at XICO.INC. ¬- Latin & Native American Arts Organization.
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.

The 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.

GREEN LEAF GALLERY. Phoenix, AZ. Opening Feb1

222 E McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Dubbed Green Leaf Gallery, the space will open on February 1, during the city’s monthly First Friday art walk. The first exhibition will feature works by several Phoenix-based artists, including Colin Chillag, Bill Dambrova, Fausto Fernandez, and Abbey Messmer, to name a few.

THE GALLERY AT THE TEMPE CENTER FOR THE ARTS : RETRO REACTION Jan. 18-May 11, 2019

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The word “retro” describes things like clothes, cars and music that reflect styles and design elements from the past. Artists are often asked, where do you get your ideas? While the creative spark is different for every individual, this exhibition explores the inspirations and art making processes of ten Arizona-based artists. Through personal retrospection, these artists give us a glimpse into how each of them absorbs, filters and reacts to ideas from the past to make relevant work in today’s rapidly changing world.

Link to Tempe Center for the Arts : “RETRO REACTION”

Friday March 22, 6-8pm
Art in the Dark Salon Series: Fausto and an art scholar (TBD) will talk about Fausto’s work and the artists & styles that inspired him. Taking place during happy hour at the TCA.
Adult audience mostly- come over to see your work and participate in a salon-style/ café talk. Gallery will provide some light refreshments.

Saturday March 23, 11am-2pm
The Workshop: This mini-glimpse into the workings of an artist studio gives audiences a chance to see you working on a project and getting to meet & talk to you.
A small workspace will be set up in the Gallery for you. In addition- a hands-on activity will be going on in another spot in the Gallery inspired by Fausto’s work and led by volunteer docents and staff…. Targeted to walk in visitors and families.

2018

TEMPE CENTER FOR THE ARTS. Tempe Arizona, September 14,2018

La Piñata Zombie Asesina

The Monster Stories exhibition celebrates the 200th anniversary of the novel, Frankenstein, by exploring the monster genre in popular culture, literature, mythology and the idea of the “other” in society. Mary Shelley’s groundbreaking work continues to spark relevant discussions about science, technology and humanity. Inspired by the ongoing popularity of the genre, the Gallery at TCA features works from local and national artists, toys and memorabilia from private collections and a range of public programs that reflect on timeless questions such as “who is the real monster?"
Free Public Reception
Sept 14 | 6-9 pm | Free | Gallery

https://www.tempecenterforthearts.com/gallery/gallery-at-tca



DALLAS ART FAIR 2018
Turner Carroll Gallery ( Santa Fe, NM)  Friday, April 12 through April 15

The Dallas Art Fair

 

CIVIC ART : FOUR STORIES FROM SOUTH LOS ANGELES

I am participating in a Q&A after the presentation of this documentary that includes the process of my artwork at East Rancho Dominguez Park in East Compton California

Civic Art: Four Stories from South Los Angeles follows the rarely witnessed, intricate process of one of the most mysterious and controversial art forms affecting the public at large. This documentary entertainingly delves into the requisite political journeys navigated by Los Angeles-based artists as they wrestle with myriad social sensitivities, budgetary constraints and technical variables. Attempting to stay true to their art process and aesthetic tendencies, these artists negotiate with the government and the neighborhoods to produce ambitious, permanent, large-scale art projects. With the intent to alleviate graffiti and amplify use of shared public spaces, these projects explore the extensive social power of art within four neighborhoods in South Los Angeles County. Civic Art highlights the vital, complicated and often misunderstood efforts behind artwork made with and for the public that often prompts questions such as: “Why is that there?”, "Who made that?” and “Am I paying for it?” The answers are both surprising and illuminating in this rare peek behind an ever-present bureaucratic curtain within a U.S democratic culture.

 

Thomas Lawson Book

http://www.elinemul.com/works/thomas-lawson-ill-make-me-a-world/

Preview video link:

https://www.lacountyarts.org/files/civic-art-four-stories-south-los-angeles

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TURNER CARROLL GALLERY, Santa Fe NM.

Crossing Boundaries I February 2- February 24, 2018

This exhibition is inspired by Dr. Lowery Sims’ exhibition curated for 516 Arts:  A Contemporary Museum, titled The US-Mexico Border:  Place, Imagination, and Possibility. In a time when national identification is in the forefront of discourse, it is compelling to explore paintings by artists like Fausto Fernandez, who are literally from–and part of–two worlds.  Fernandez is part of Mexico as well as the United States.  His painting crosses boundaries of media and meaning.  Yet, his paintings are gloriously beautiful, and regardless of whether we identify Fernandez as a Mexican, American, Mexican/American, or American/Mexican, his paintings touch our souls in a way only art can do, and they enhance our civilization.

Please come see them in person, from February 2-24 at Turner Carroll Gallery.

Opening Reception Friday, February 2, 2018 from 5 to 7pm
[n.b. that this event takes place in Santa Fe]

https://www.turnercarrollgallery.com/february-2-february-24-2018-fausto-fernandez-crossing-boundaries/

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2017

 TUCSON MUSEUM OF ART, TUCSON, ARIZONA

Dress Matters: Clothing as Metaphor. October 18, 2017-February 18, 2018.

 

Dress Matters: Clothing as Metaphor examines clothing in art as symbols of power and identity. Artists use garments to address interpersonal issues and conditions as well as to relay stories and raise issues about gender, age, history, society, race, and culture.

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https://tucsonmuseumofart.org/

MCNAY ART MUSEUM
To See Is to Have: Navigating Today’s Art Ecosystem. May 18, 2017 to August 6, 2017

The exhibition features works of art from the private collections of members of the McNay Contemporary Collectors Forum (MCCF)

https://www.mcnayart.org/exhibitions/upcoming/to-see-is-to-have-navigating-todays-art-ecosystem

DALLAS ART FAIR
Turner Carroll Gallery ( Santa Fe, NM)  Friday, April 7 through Sunday, April 9, 2017

Prominent national and international art dealers and galleries will exhibit painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, video, and installation by modern and contemporary artists at the ninth annual Dallas Art Fair located in the revitalized downtown Arts District.

The Dallas Art Fair

PUBLIC ART AT THE HOLLYWOOD BURBANK AIRPORT

My project was approved by the commission at the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority Meeting to design and create artwork for the regional transportation center, 6 panels with my paintings that will be displayed in large scale at the Hollywood Burbank Airport.

Los Angeles Times Article

TURNER CARROLL GALLERY March 1-30

Artists include Wanxin Zhang (China), Georges Mazilu (Romania), Drew Tal (Israel), Traian Filip (Romania), Fausto Fernandez (Mexico), Hung Liu (China), and Igor Melnikov (Russia).

Santa Fe Arts Journal