The Aldrich will present the first solo museum exhibition of Lucia Hierro (b. 1987), whose practice spans sculpture and installation and confronts 21st century capitalism through an intersectional lens. The diverse imagery Hierro selects, from products and food to art history and advertising, reflects her own multidimensional circumstance as a Dominican American artist working in the South Bronx. Hierro was raised in the traditionally Dominican area of Washington Heights/Inwood in New York City, a neighborhood undergoing escalating gentrification. With a studio methodology steeped in Pop Art, Minimalism, and European still life painting as well as her own personal history, Hierro’s work examines consumer behavior specific to a quality of life sustained by the communities she orbits. Appropriating visual matter, combed off the urban streets or grabbed from social media feeds, Hierro constructs subjective storylines that speak to the elasticity of identity—a symptom of our hyperkinetic present—through consumer culture. Spanning recent and new work, the exhibition will include soft sculptures from the Mercado (Market) and Bodegon (Still Life) series, layered portraits built with images of everyday objects that intersect race, income, class, and gender; a new mural; and the debut of a new series, the Gates, a sculptural installation that recreates a familiar vernacular feature of the South Bronx, wrought iron gates jammed with fading supermarket circulars, bygone markers of human necessity and cultural displacement.
The artist’s first museum publication, with an essay by Amy Smith-Stewart, the exhibition’s curator, will accompany the show
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, Sean Horton (presents), Dallas Texas and most recently a solo show at Primary Projects. Residencies include: Yaddo, Redbull Arts in Detroit, Fountainhead Residency, Bronx Museum’s Artist in the Market program, and Casa Quién. Her work is part of the JP Morgan Chase art collection, Centro Cultural Eduardo León Jimenes, the Perez Art Museum Miami, and the Rennie collection in Vancouver. Hierro lives and works in New York.
Top image: Lucia Hierro, Mandao 1, 2019. Courtesy of the artist. Photo credit: Freddie L. Rankin II.