Commonwealth and Council

a proposition for ten years @ LAM Gallery

Patricia Fernández


LAM Gallery and Commonwealth & Council invite you to an off-site presentation celebrating the third year anniversary of Box (a proposition for ten years) by Patricia Fernández. First presented in 2013, Box is a sculpturecreated for Commonwealth & Council that lives on-site. Once a year, Box is exhibited with its contents (re-purposed fragments, writings, drawings, and other sculptural elements) as they accumulate, transform, and grow over time until 2022. Through this time-based sculpture, Fernández and CW&C foster a relationship that is collected and shared. Like the small objects, old letters, documents, and memories that would gather over time in carved wooden boxes made by her grandfather, Fernández proposes a personalized exchange system by carving her own box in the tradition of the antecedent’s mark. 

Born in Burgos, Spain, Patricia Fernández studied at Saint Martins College of Art, University of California, Los Angeles, and received an MFA from California Institute of the Arts (2010). Fernández applies an archeological approach to the family archive in order to investigate the inaccuracy of our inherited memories and the subjectivity of personal experience. Through a complex network of forms and information, she seeks to investigate histories and literatures forgotten, misplaced, or buried. She has exhibited at LA><ART, Los Angeles; Clifton Benevento, New York; David Petersen Gallery, Minneapolis; and ltd los angeles. Her project A Record of Succession was exhibited at Made in L.A. 2012. She is a Joan Mitchell Grant recipient (2010), a California Community Foundation Fellow (2011), France Los Angeles Exchange Grant recipient (2012), a Fondazione Antonio Ratti Artist Resident (2013), and an Artist Lab Resident at 18th Street Arts Center (2014). This fall, she will be an Artist in Residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts. Her project, Points of Departure: Five Walks, is on view from April 25th through May 23rd at Commonwealth & Council and is accompanied by a publication produced while in residency at Los Angeles Contemporary Archive (LACA).