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Teresita Fernandez, Pool, 1996.

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by John Mendelsohn

teresita fernandez
at deitch projects

Nov. 2 - 30, 1996

Entering the narrow door to the gallery, we are faced with a steep set of grayish blue stairs. They lead up to a four-foot-wide walkway of the same color running around the perimeter of the large room. The walkway defines the edge of a deep space resembling an empty swimming pool, with its bottom being the cement floor of the gallery. This impression of Teresita Fernandez's installation is reinforced by the stenciled outlines of a double row of tiles which runs around the inner edge of the "pool." The gallery's white walls are misted with a gradation of blue, implying aerial space. Fernandez's installation plays with systems of representation: the full-size reproduction of three-dimensional space, conceptual drawing and scenic illusionism. While coexisting, these systems contradict as well, creating a mild case of cognitive disjunction. The aim here seems to be a kind of poetic dislocation, into which we've been able to physically enter. The large space has become a kind of theater, both stark and wistful, and strangely evocative. Clearly someone to watch, Fernandez has another work on view in New York at the New Museum as part of a show of three installations selected by curator Dan Cameron.

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