Commonwealth and Council

Box (a proposition for ten years)

Patricia Fernández


Commonwealth & Council and Patricia Fernández invite you to our annual presentation of Box (a proposition for ten years).

First presented in 2013, Box is a sculpturefor CW&C that is exhibited with its contents as they accumulate every year until 2022. Through this time-based work, Fernández and CW&C entered a relationship that becomes written through the objects collected and shared. Like the small objects, old letters, documents, and memories that would accumulate over time in carved wooden boxes made by her grandfather, Fernández proposes a personalized exchange system by carving her own 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 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), and a Fondazione Antonio Ratti Artist Resident (2013). This month, Fernández begins her residency at 18th Street Arts Center where she will be presenting Points of Departure (between Spain and France). Her current exhibition, Paseo de los Melancólicos is on view at LA><ART until April 26, 2014.