New Work by The Chicago Project artist, Juan Fernandez!

Juan Fernandez’s series Facade is an ongoing body of work using architecture and structures of practicality to create feelings of isolation. Despite their functions, some of these buildings contain small decorative features such as curved walls or unique roofs. After photographing the architectural site, Juan “cleanses” each image by digitally removing distracting elements and leaving behind only small signs of reality, such as cement cracks or rust stains.

Take a look at a few of Juan’s newest pieces below:

Denial, 2015 © Juan Fernandez
Denial, 2015 © Juan Fernandez
Alter, 2015 © Juan Fernandez
Alter, 2015 © Juan Fernandez
Science, 2015 © Juan Fernandez
Science, 2015 © Juan Fernandez
Oranization, 2015 © Juan Fernandez
Organization, 2015 © Juan Fernandez

Facade

Facade addresses the collective memory of place. The work concentrates on vernacular architecture and spaces, i.e. schools, housing, industrial, and retail buildings. My interest lies in the oversimplification of perception concerning situations such as our built environment. Photographs of urban and suburban architecture operate with a sense of familiarity, illustrating seemingly banal moments. However, upon further inspection, certain oddities begin to rise to the surface complicating the viewer’s relationship to reality by creating a false impression of the truth.

This is accomplished by using the innate qualities of the photographic process, coupled with varying amounts of digital manipulation. Specifically, each image is “cleansed” of distracting elements. This introduces feelings of uneasiness, rejection, and isolation that exist as odd photographic moments within a landscape of form, structure, and order. I control these elements by only photographing in “neutral” overcast skies, and including small signs of reality, such as a piece of trash, dead leaves, cement cracks, or rust stains. This eliminates the direct relationship to the actual location or time, while still allowing an aspect of reality to remain.

 To see more work by Juan Fernandez please visit our website.

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Juan’s workshop at Northeastern Illinois University © Nate Mathews

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