I’m a sucker for furniture. I love the mixture of function and design. And paintings of furniture? Well, those hold a special place for me as I went through my own “chair” phase while I was studying painting in college. So when I spotted the work of Gabriel Fernandez at Guardino Gallery in Portland this weekend, he had me at hello.
Fernandez creates scenes using furniture as another artist might use human models. He sets the stage to tell a story, of a moment that just happened or is about to occur. His compositions focus on the beauty of the objects themselves, the lives that they have led.. maybe an interesting life in a public place or a spiritless existence in a warehouse.
The artist seems to be exploring the relationship of the objects to their environment, as an important player in a larger scene. His use of light and shadow create a sense of emotion and mood, keeping the images from becoming mere still lifes, but instead imbuing them with a sense of story.
These are objects with soul, with personality, experience. A past, a present and a future.
All images are courtesy of the artist’s website.