Maria Fernanda Cardoso

On the Origins of Art


September 14 - October 19, 2018

Press Release

Sicardi | Ayers | Bacino proudly presents María Fernanda Cardoso: On the Origins of Art. This is Cardoso’s second solo exhibition and third group exhibition at the gallery. The opening reception with the artist will take place on Friday, September 14, 6–8pm.

On the Origins of Art will feature a single channel HD video and two large-scale pigment prints that “document and display irrefutable proof of artistic virtuosity in one of the tiniest of the jumping spiders, the Maratus species from Australia, commonly known as peacock spiders.” Cardoso believes biological aesthetics are the basis of visual and performance art. “Being selective in choosing a mate originated song, dance and visual display in many species, including us.” To Cardoso, “these spiders are as sophisticated as any of the most skilled visual and performance (human) artists, except that they are miniscule, only 4 mm big, so tiny that we can hardly see them”. Her prints show the spiders at actual size, as well as enlarged by one hundred thousand times.

Born in Colombia in 1963, Cardoso lives and works in Sydney, Australia and holds a PhD from Sydney University in art and science and an MFA in sculpture from Yale University. Cardoso has had numerous solo and group exhibitions around the world and participated in the Biennale of Sydney and Venice Biennale. Her work is held in collections at the Tate Gallery, London; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia; the National Art Gallery of Australia, Canberra; the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; the Miami Art Museum; Museum of Modern Art, Bogota Colombia; the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia; and Daros Latin American Collection, Zurich/Rio de Janeiro. 

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