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Brendan Fernandes is Now Co-Represented by Galleries in New York and Chicago, Artist Works at Intersection of Dance and Visible Artwork

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Brendan Fernandes is Now Co-Represented by Galleries in New York and Chicago, Artist Works at Intersection of Dance and Visible Artwork



BRENDAN FERNANDES, “As One X,” 2017 (digital print, 14 x 20 inches), Version of three plus 2 A.P. (BF0010). | Courtesy of Susan Inglett Gallery, NY

 

WORKING AT THE INTERSECTION of dance and visible artwork, Brendan Fernandes (b. 1979) has developed a singular follow. “For me, dance is political. Dance is a method for protest,” Fernandes has mentioned. Over the previous yr, he has staged an intervention at a Civil Conflict monument in Chicago’s Grant Park and developed performances in response to an exhibition of limestone sculptures by William Edmondson (1874-1951) on the Barnes Basis in Philadelphia. An artist, choreographer, and educator, Fernandes lately began working with a brand new gallery in New York.

Susan Inglett Gallery introduced its illustration of Fernandes on June 25. The New York gallery is working with the artist in collaboration with Monique Meloche Gallery in Chicago, Sick., the place he has been represented since 2017. The multidisciplinary artist’s first solo exhibition with Susan Inglett opened final fall. “Brendan Fernandes: Inside Attain” (Nov. 30, 2023-Jan. 27, 2024) featured pictures, sculptures impressed by West African headrests, and efficiency, with dancers activating and fascinating the sculptural works with actions choreographed by the artist and knowledgeable by voguing.

“We’re so happy to be working with Brendan Fernandes, a really gifted artist and thinker. I’ve such admiration for his follow as he works throughout media to efficiently talk advanced concepts within the language of the visible arts and dance,” Susan Inglett mentioned by electronic mail to Tradition Sort. “The Gallery seems ahead to working with Brendan and with Monique Meloche Gallery in direction of tasks on the close to horizon and people not but dreamed.”

 


Brendan Fernandes on the 2024 Artwork + Movie Gala, Los Angeles County Museum of Artwork. | Picture by Nathan Keay

 

BORN IN NAIROBI, KENYA, Fernandes is a Canadian artist who lives and works in Chicago. He earned a BFA from York College in Toronto, Ontario, and holds an MFA The College of Western Ontario in London. For 20 years, Fernandes has labored throughout dance, sculpture, set up, pictures, works on paper, and video. The illustration announcement described his follow: “From ballet ensembles to communal gatherings, Fernandes attracts on collective physicality and explores race, queerness, social and bodily autonomy, and cultural migration.”

Fernandes has offered exhibitions and performances at establishments world wide, from Canada, Mexico, Italy, and Norway, to the Pulitzer Arts Basis in St. Louis, Mo., Getty Museum in Los Angeles, Calif., Chrysler Museum of Artwork in Norfolk, Va., and The Glass Home by Philip Johnson in New Canaan, Conn.

His work has been featured all through New York Metropolis on the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Noguchi Museum, Museum of Arts & Design, Governors Island, The Excessive Line, and the Whitney Museum of American Artwork, the place he participated within the 2019 Whitney Biennial.

He’s additionally the recipient of quite a few fellowships and awards. Fernandes accomplished the Whitney Impartial Research Program (2007); was shortlisted for Canada’s Sobey Artwork Award (2010); chosen for a Louis Consolation Tiffany Basis grant (2019); and acquired a Smithsonian Artist Analysis Fellowship (2020).

At Northwestern College, Fernandes is an affiliate professor within the Division of Artwork, Follow, and Idea, and director of the Visiting Artwork Program. Earlier this yr, he acquired tenure. He additionally serves on the chief board of the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago and is chair of the Joffrey Academy of Dance.

“From ballet ensembles to communal gatherings, Brendan Fernandes attracts on collective physicality and explores race, queerness, social and bodily autonomy, and cultural migration.”


BRENDAN FERNANDES, “New Monuments | Chicago,” 2024. Common John Alexander Logan Monument, Grant Park, Chicago, ILL. Offered by Black Dice Nomadic Artwork Museum in affiliation with the Chicago Park District, as a part of EXPO CHICAGO’s IN/SITU Outdoors program. Architectural Intervention by AIM Structure. | Courtesy the artist and Black Dice Nomadic Artwork Museum. Picture by Matthew Reeves Pictures

 

IN APRIL, FERNANDES PRESENTED a public intervention at Grant Park’s Common John Alexander Logan Monument, a durational efficiency for the Black Dice Nomadic Artwork Museum’s New Monuments | Chicago venture. Logan was a distinguished and controversial nineteenth century determine. Serving within the Illinois Meeting, he sponsored laws barring free Blacks from settling in Chicago. A Union commander throughout the Civil Conflict, he later voted to abolish slavery as a member of the U.S. Home of Representatives.

Fernandes put in a short lived scaffolding across the monument. Animated with choreography for a forged of dancers, the “construction symbolically marks the statue as ‘in transition,’ revisiting the advanced historical past of its likeness…,” based on an outline of the venture.

Fernandes additionally created “Returning to Earlier than,” a conceptual efficiency choreographed in response to “William Edmondson: A Monumental Imaginative and prescient,” a serious survey on the Barnes Basis in Philadelphia, Pa. Edmondson reworked salvaged limestone into modernist sculptures, figurative works which might be without delay rough-hewn and poetic.

“I’ve had the chance to create a variety of efficiency in museum areas and part of that’s conceptual, however a variety of it’s about pondering by how will we problem the areas and dismantle the constructions of hegemony,” Fernandes mentioned in a video by Pew Heart for Arts & Heritage.

In September, “Brendan Fernandes: In Two,” a efficiency sequence and set up, opens at Pulitzer Arts Basis in St. Louis, Mo. He’s additionally collaborating in Prospect 6 in New Orleans, La., presenting a closing efficiency in February 2025.

“I’ve had the chance to create a variety of efficiency in museum areas and part of that’s conceptual, however a variety of it’s about pondering by how will we problem the areas and dismantle the constructions of hegemony.”
— Brendan Fernandes

 


BRENDAN FERNANDES, Element of “New Monuments | Chicago,” Efficiency at Common John Alexander Logan Monument, Grant Park, Chicago, Sick., Offered by Black Dice Nomadic Artwork Museum, in affiliation with the Chicago Park District, as a part of EXPO CHICAGO’s IN/SITU Outdoors program (April 12, 2024). | Picture by Matthew Reeves, Pictures Courtesy the artist, the Black Dice Nomadic Artwork Museum, and Susan Inglett Gallery, NYC

 

MONIQUE MELOCHE MET FERNANDES in 2016, when he first moved to Chicago, and offered solo exhibitions of the artist in 2017 and 2020. His subsequent solo present with Monique Meloche Gallery is predicted within the 2025/26.

“Being a former ballet turned fashionable dancer and educated sculptor and print maker, Brendan is an empathic artist who thrives by responding to present occasions, the historical past of dance, and the problematics of museum gathering methods as just some leaping off factors for his interventions, performances, sculpture, pictures, video and now movie.,” Meloche mentioned in an electronic mail to Tradition Sort.

“It’s a fantastic problem to assist such a multi-hyphenate artist—which explains the lag time between his solo exhibits on the gallery, as there are at all times museum and biennial tasks round that globe that want his consideration.”

Meloche added: “After 8 years of being his major gallery, we collaborated with Susan Inglett for Brendan to make a solo present and a sequence of performances in late 2023 at her NY gallery, and that has now grown right into a partnership between two like-minded ladies who will proceed to collaborate in assist of this distinctive artist’s voice. We very intentionally and strategically despatched our co-representation bulletins on the identical day to indicate this new very collegial partnership.” CT

 

FIND MORE about Brendan Fernandes on his web site and Instagram

 


Brendan Fernandes explains his strategies for presenting dance in museums, citing his work with “William Edmondson: A Monumental Imaginative and prescient,” the exhibition on the Barnes Basis in Philadelphia, Pa. | Video by Pew Heart for Arts & Heritage

 


Brendan Fernandes speaks briefly with James Claiborne, co-curator of “William Edmondson: A Monumental Imaginative and prescient,” on the Barnes Basis in Philadelphia, Pa.

 


BRENDAN FERNANDES, “In Being I,” 2023 (African mahogany, 10 1/4 x 16 x 8 inches (BF0016). | © Brendan Fernandes, Courtesy Susan Inglett Gallery, NY

 


BRENDAN FERNANDES, “As One IV,” 2017 (digital print, 34 x 48 inches), Version of three plus 2 A.P. (BF0004). | © Brendan Fernandes, Courtesy Susan Inglett Gallery, NY

 


Brendan Fernandes participated within the 2019 Whitney Biennial, presenting “The Grasp and Type” a structural set up designed to “help and hinder a gaggle of dancers, testing their endurance and self-control.” | Video by Whitney Museum of American Artwork

 


Brendan Fernandes discusses his follow and says “Dance is, for me, political. Dance is a method for protest.” | Video by Louisiana Channel

 

BOOKSHELF
“Brendan Fernandes: Inaction” was revealed earlier this yr. A current monograph, “Brendan Fernandes: Re/Type” (2022) explores the artist’s displays at The Noguchi Museum and the 2019 Whitney Biennial. “Brendan Fernandes: Till We Fearless” paperwork the primary solo exhibition of Brendan Fernandes. Additionally think about the catalog “William Edmondson: A Monumental Imaginative and prescient.” Fernandes offered choreographed performances in response to the exhibition.

 

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