“Training” from the series “Facade”
2011, archival pigment print, 24×30″

Juan Fernandez

“Façade” is a body of work that concentrates on the perception of natural and artificial environments. These environments are created and exist within culturally understood aesthetics. Architectural photographs present a sense of familiarity, illustrating seemingly banal moments. Upon further inspection of the image, certain oddities begin to rise to the surface. Photographs of architecture exist as a metaphor for feelings of uneasiness, rejection, and isolation. These feelings are illustrated by creating odd photographic moments within a landscape of form, structure, and order, coupled with varying amounts of digital manipulation. The image examines the choices and perceptions that society uses to create the environment and allows itself to exist within the misconceptions of the viewer.

Juan Fernandez (Highwood, IL) received his BFA from Columbia College Chicago in 2010, where he was the recipient of numerous scholarships and awards. His work has been exhibited at the Midwest Center for Photography (Wichita, KS), Houston Center for Photography (Houston, TX), Perspective Gallery (Evanston, IL), and Jack Olson Gallery at Northern Illinois University (Dekalb, IL), among others. Fernandez’s work is in the permanent collection of Columbia College Chicago and several private collections across the Midwest. He is currently a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Northern Illinois University.