Born and raised in Washington Heights, a predominantly Dominican neighborhood that sits above West Harlem, Dominican-American artist Lucia Hierro focuses on her experience in New York City and her Dominican roots. Throughout her body of work, the artist explores themes related to class, ethnicity, gender, taste, and privilege via ordinary objects rescaled and recontextualized.
Hierro often transforms everyday items consumed by society – magazines, rubber gloves, plastic bottles, apples – into monumental relics. In "Kitchen Still Life with Yoryi Morel," Hierro juxtaposes conventional objects that imply a sense of mass production (such as a plastic shopping bag) with highly contrasting items that signify singularity and the handmade (a reproduction of a painting by Dominican artist Yoryi Morel or a hand painted figurine). The intermixing and overlapping of such objects with certain implied signifiers, on view for the public to “consume”, perhaps encourages a questioning of our preconceived notions related to these material objects and more generally, the products that dene commodity, consumerism, and culture.
– Anna Kern, Art Coordinator, Northpark Center, Dallas
Born in New York City, Lucia Hierro received a BFA from SUNY Purchase (2010) and an MFA from Yale School of Art (2013). Her work has been included in solo and group exhibitions at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art and Storytelling, and Elizabeth Dee Gallery, all in New York; Casa Quién, Santo Domingo; the Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco; Jeffrey Deitch, Los Angeles and most recently Sean Horton (presents), Dallas Texas. Her work is part of the JP Morgan Chase art collection and the Rennie collection in Vancouver. Hierro lives and works in New York.
The Pop Up Project aims to further the dialogue between NorthPark Center’s world-class art collection and the surrounding art community. Inspired by the concept of pop-up stores – temporary spaces that introduce up-and-coming brands to a new audience – The Pop Up Project engages a rotating roster of contemporary artists living, working, and/or exhibiting in Texas, providing them with two-dimensional spaces to activate throughout the year.
Presented at Northpark Center, Dallas.
Lucia Hierro: Kitchen Still Life with Yoryi Morel