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Fernando García, Alacena (detail), 2013, wood, string, mixed media, 10' 10“ x 3' 3 3/8” x 11 7/8".

Fernando García

Galería Heinrich Ehrhardt

Fernando García, Alacena (detail), 2013, wood, string, mixed media, 10' 10“ x 3' 3 3/8” x 11 7/8".

For more than a decade, the art of Madrid-born Fernando García was easily recognizable as part of the widespread trend of post-Conceptual painting sweeping Europe these days. Such work was marked by an ironic use of language, wry comments on art production, and witty allusions to the art market, all combined in a deliberately clumsy style of painting. And yet even when his paintings were at their most formulaic, his shows always contained something unexpected. Lately, something has radically changed, and the shift in García’s work seems to coincide with his recent move from the city to the countryside, marking what could be a major turning point in his career. His new position eschews the knowing sophistication of his previous work, and finds him turning instead to pits and pebbles, wood, branches of various sizes, and found objects of everyday use, from ropes to empty cans to

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