Teresita Fernández - Editions & Works on Paper New York Tuesday, April 16, 2024 | Phillips
  • "My concept was to invert the traditional notion of outdoor sculpture by addressing all of the active walkways of the park rather than setting down a sculptural element in the park’s center.”
    —Teresita Fernández

    The present print is related to an installation Fernández developed for New York’s Madison Square Park, 500 running feet of golden, mirror-polished discs that create canopies above the pathways around the park’s central Oval Lawn. In nature, a fata morgana is a mirage that form across the horizon line, an atmospheric refraction that makes objects look as though they are hovering in the sky. Alluding to this phenomenon, Fernández’s project introduced a shimmering horizontal element that engaged visitors in a dynamic experience, the installation hoovering above the winding walkways to define a luminous experiential passage for visitors. The metal forms, perforated with intricate patterns reminiscent of foliage, created abstract flickering effects as sunlight filtered through the canopy, casting a glow across the expanse of the work, paths, and passersby. As Fernández herself described of the work’s impact in the space, “by hovering over the park in a horizontal band, Fata Morgana becomes a ghostlike, sculptural, luminous mirage that both distorts the landscape and radiates golden light." Fata Morgana Print Series shows the view of a visitor looking up at the installation from the pathway, the blue sky peeking through the reflective form.



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Fata Morgana Print Series

Archival inkjet print in colors, on wove paper, with full margins.
I. 11 x 14 1/8 in. (27.9 x 35.9 cm)
S. 15 x 18 1/8 in. (38.1 x 46 cm)

Signed, titled, dated and numbered 3/5 in pencil, unframed.

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$700 - 900 

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Editions & Works on Paper

New York Auction 16 - 17 April