SEVEN DAYS AND SIXTEEN HOURS ON PARCHMAN FARM (2014)

Featured Long Durational Work

Seven Days and Sixteen Hours on Parchman Farm (2014), Jake Fernandez

Duration: Seven days and sixteen hours

Text by Karina Kirnos
Photographs courtesy of Jake Fernandez

 Jake Fernandez is multimedia fine artist who whose works include durational paintings, collages, and drawings of places such as the Christy Garden on New York City's Bowery, Monet’s Giverny Gardens, the Florida wilderness, and inner city locations. For “Seven Days and Sixteen Hours on Parchman Farm,” Fernanadez entered a cell for the duration of the performance with no preconceived idea or plan of action. He remained in the space with no visual, physical, or spoken interaction with anyone, in complete silence, and without any clocks or media. He had only pencil and paper. 

Although Fernandez did have water and food, he did not have a shower or a window to the outside world during this time. His aim was to experience voluntary isolation and sensory deprivation and to be in complete silence and solitude, away from a world full of distractions. “Seven Days and Sixteen Hours on Parchman Farm” was both a catalyst for his fine arts process and a performance of its own.

Photography courtesy of Jake Fernandez

Photography courtesy of Jake Fernandez

Photography courtesy of Jake Fernandez

Photography courtesy of Jake Fernandez



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Jake Fernandez was born in 1951 in Havana, Cuba, and moved to the US in 1961 where he began to study art at an early age. He attended the University of Florida and the University of South Florida, receiving his Master of Fine Arts degree in 1979. He moved to NYC and lived there for 20 years. He started exhibiting his work during the late 1970's and is represented in numerous public and private collections. His primary interest is with the landscape genre, both real and imagined, from external sources and internalized “maps” of recollections and imaginings. He records information from uninhabited wilderness to urban gardens and man-made elements such as walls and fences. His paintings describe a place that is fluid with no fixed perspective or clear point of reference to scale or location while still alluding to a “plausible reality." Fernandez often works on several series concurrently, some spanning over decades. These projects involve the effects of time, and or iterations on a theme. A combination of Imagination, observation, and memory-derived forms are combined in his collages, paintings, drawings and videos. His art evokes a timelessness that is at once ancient and curiously futuristic. His website can be found here.