2012 RECAP

LAUNCHPAD PROGRAM

Miguel Fernández. Hermosillo, SO

Miguel Fernández | “Territorio I” | 2011 | Chromogenic print | 50.8 x 76.2 cm | ART SAN DIEGO 2012

Miguel Fernández, born in Hermosillo, Sonora, México in 1986, studied Plastic Arts at the Universidad de Sonora, 2006-2008. He currently lives and works in Tijuana.

Some of Miguel’s collective exhibitions include: Confesiones in Los Angeles, CA, Boundaries: Selections from the MOLAA Permanent Collection, in Los Angeles, CA; The Tierney Fellowship exhibition in New York, NY; des(c)ierto sentido (deserted sense) in Mexico City; distancia relativa (relative distance) in Tijuana, B.C.; Contemporary Art of Sonora, in Culiacán, Sinaloa; and Sobre lo impuro (About impurity) in Hermosillo, Sonora. He also has had two solo exhibitions: Imposturas (Impostures) in Hermosillo, Sonora; and Algo que habiendo empezado bien se ha estropeado (Something that having started off right has gone wrong) in México City.

Fernández’s awards include: Acquisition Prize in the Sonora Creative Photography Concourse in 2008 and Special Jury Mention in 2009. He received an Honorable Mention in the XII Northwest Visual Arts Biennial in 2009 and in the XII Miradas Biennial in 2010. Miguel was honored with a Young Creator Grant from the State Fund for Culture and Arts in 2009. He won a Tierney Fellowship in 2010 in New York and was selected in the 2011 Discoveries-Photoespaña in Madrid. He is currently sponsored by FONCA and is studying philosophy in the Autonomous University of Baja California.

Miguel Fernández is a Member of Colab | Creative Consortium


ART SAN DIEGO 2012 LAUNCHPAD ARTIST WAS SELECTED
FOR THE AQUISITION AWARD AT THE BIENAL FEMSA

By Marcela Quiroz Luna

The Bienal FEMSA (FEMSA Biennial) is considered the most prestigious contemporary art biennial in Mexico. In its XXth edition the jury selected Miguel Fernández —Art San Diego 2012 “LaunchPad Artist”— as the sole receiver of the Aquistion Award in the Bidimensional Category. His winning artwork “Fin del camino I (End of the Road I)” is part of an ongoing series of images taken from Google Maps portraying unexplainable road endings in various landscapes, most of them desertic terrains.

BienalMonterreyFEMSA.com

 


 

César Vázquez | “Fan” (detail) | 2011 | Drawing and paper collage | 11.1 x 4.1″ | NODO Galería | ART SAN DIEGO 2011

LaunchPad 2011 featured two artists: Jonathan Ruiz de la Peña and César Vázquez – with their own gallery, NODO: an emergent space founded by them in Tijuana. This was a great success for the 2011 Edition. The artists both sold 90% of the work available over the three days. They had a chance to network and get input by numerous gallery dealers and collectors. In addition they had the opportunity to show their work to important local museum directors. Both artists felt this experience helped them professionalize their practice; revalue their own conception about their work; and opened in their minds a whole new set of possibilities to pursue in the light of a very promising artistic future they were able to asses from the high praises received by fair attendants.” – Marcela Quiroz Luna, Curatorial Director | ART SAN DIEGO

 


Background image: Miguel Fernández | “Space in between Maps” (detail) | 2011 | Digital print | 20×30″