Gaby Collins-Fernandez
“Pete + Repeat”
Mixed media on canvas
14 x 11 inches (stretcher size)
2014
$2,500
“Tattoo”
Mixed media on canvas
14 x 11 inches (stretcher size)
2014
$2,500
Art in Love
Mixed media on canvas
14 x 11 inches
2014
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Bio Synopsis

Collins-Fernandez received her BA from Dartmouth in 2009 and her MFA from Yale in 2012 where she won the Ralph Mayer Prize for Materials and Techniques. The next year a solo exhibition of her work was held at the APAI Casa dell’Arte in Ravenna, Italy and she won a grant from the Rema Hort Mann Foundation. From 2014-onward she has enjoyed exhibitions at a number of galleries in New York and Brooklyn as well as galleries in Los Angeles, Miami, Detroit, and Cambridge, Mass. In 2017 her works were included in Thirdspace: Shifting Conversations About Contemporary Art at the Birmingham Museum of Art. She is the Co-Founder and co-Editor of Precog, an independent magazine that explores science, technology, techno plastics, cyber culture, and feminism.

What Is My Work About?

I am an abstract painter. Stacking, conceptually and visually, is important to the work. The stacking of colors in a gradient. The stacking of kinds of forms or lines on top of each other. Placing text within a gestural or painterly field. Stacking forces are elements to be read as distinct and layered…For this reason, colloquiality is also important. I want the words in the work to refer to a body, or a speaker, but not to a specific individual. The word has a timbre, a speed, and it comes from a mouth, but I don’t know whose mouth it comes from. It is a kind of dangling speech. Likewise, gesture and color in the work don’t describe my body or an observed light condition, but create material conditions for a moment of speech… The work does its work through collage (syntactical organization of different languages), but what I seek most strongly is for an entwining to occur. This is the emotional center I desire. A moment of surprise, an embrace, a particular quality of touch.

– Peter Hastings Falk