If you enjoy art and you’re looking for a quick day trip or even a weekend excursion within driving distance to NYC check out Mass MoCA. While visiting home, our Creative Coordinator, Christina took a quick detour to see artist Teresita Fernandez’s breathtaking show at Mass MoCA. Fernandez’s exhibit, As Above, So Below featured two large-scale works made of graphite and translucent plastic tubing. Christina explains her reaction to the installation,
“It felt so exciting to walk through the space, because the pieces make grand shifts in both perspective and scale.”
The first installation, titled Black Sun, is a vibrant lowered ceiling, created by thousands of translucent plastic tubes undulating across the middle of the gallery space. Viewers are encouraged to walk beneath the work and view it above them (the title of the show makes the most sense, here). The unexpected color combination shifts from an electric amber to a solid black, recalling other colors in the show while creating a dramatic diffused light experience for the viewer.
The second installation, titled Sfumato (Epic), is a constellation-like wall composition made up of over 40,000 small chunks of graphite and their hand-drawn trails. The sensitive use of the graphite makes the work feel other-worldly, cosmic, and ephemeral. Instead of feeling dark or heavy, the work is uplifting and easy to enjoy, perfectly introducing the second installation in the next room.
The entire show feels topographical, imaginative, cosmic, and ephemeral. The repetition of shape and color could be used as heavy or forboding, but Fernandez uses it to express lightness. You can visit Mass MoCA and see the show yourself, as it will be on view through March 2015.