Fina

Raúl de Nieves

Fina, 2019 (The Ziggurat)

Glass and wood
Commissioned by the Cleveland Museum of Art
at Transformer Station

Fina, 2019 (The Ziggurat) Glass and wood Commissioned by the Cleveland Museum of Art  at Transformer Station

Raúl de Nieves

Fina Fantasy, 2019

Vintage military suit, sequins, metal bells, threads, glue, cardboard, plastic beads, tape, trims, mannequin
Dimensions variable
Courtesy of Jeffrey Lee


In ancient Mesopotamian cultures, the ziggurat is a pyramid-like structure that connects earth-bound humans to gods in the celestial realm. In the Olmec and Mexica cultures of ancient Mexica, the glassy black volcanic stone obsidian was used as a mirror to create a spiritual portal to connect with ancestors. De Nieves’s version of the ziggurat is covered in black glass, evoking the material qualities of obsidian. The installation Fina is named for his mother and similarly melds the spiritual with the material. Each of the figures stands in and is named for a personality trait, representing various opportunities for personal expansion. The elaborate and intricate costumes can also be removed from the mannequin forms and worn by a performer. In the video Somos Monstros projected behind the ziggurat, the costumes can be seen in a performance, moving in space on human forms. Whether worn or displayed on the pyramidal structure, the Fina series plumbs the distance between embodying the characteristics of Vision, Beauty, Fantasy, Sound, Guardian, Mystery, Nurture, and Joyous as internal qualities as well as being able to recognize them as exterior phenomena.

–Risa Puleo, Curator

Fina guardian

Raúl de Nieves

Fina Guardian, 2019

Vintage military suit, sequins, metal bells, threads, glue, cardboard, plastic beads, tape, trims, mannequin
Dimensions variable
Courtesy of the artist and Company Gallery, New York

 

Raúl de Nieves  Fina Joyus, 2019  Vintage military suit, sequins, metal bells, threads, glue, cardboard, plastic beads, tape, trims, mannequin Dimensions variable Courtesy of the artist and Company Gallery, New York

Raúl de Nieves

Fina Joyous, 2019

Vintage military suit, sequins, metal bells, threads, glue, cardboard, plastic beads, tape, trims, mannequin
Dimensions variable
Courtesy of the artist and Company Gallery, New York

Raúl de Nieves  Fina Mystery, 2019  Vintage military suit, sequins, metal bells, threads, glue, cardboard, plastic beads, tape, trims, mannequin Dimensions variable Courtesy of the artist and Company Gallery, New York

Raúl de Nieves

Fina Mystery, 2019

Vintage military suit, sequins, metal bells, threads, glue, cardboard, plastic beads, tape, trims, mannequin
Dimensions variable
Courtesy of the artist and Company Gallery, New York

Raúl de Nieves  Fina Nurture, 2019  Vintage military suit, sequins, metal bells, threads, glue, cardboard, plastic beads, tape, trims, mannequin Dimensions variable Collection of Richard Gerrig and Timothy Peterson

Raúl de Nieves

Fina Nurture, 2019

Vintage military suit, sequins, metal bells, threads, glue, cardboard, plastic beads, tape, trims, mannequin
Dimensions variable
Collection of Richard Gerrig and Timothy Peterson

Raúl de Nieves  Fina Sound, 2018  Vintage military suit, sequins, metal bells, threads, glue, cardboard, plastic beads, tape, trims, mannequin Dimensions variable Ringier Collection, Switzerland

Raúl de Nieves

Fina Sound, 2018

Vintage military suit, sequins, metal bells, threads, glue, cardboard, plastic beads, tape, trims, mannequin
Dimensions variable
Ringier Collection, Switzerland

Raúl de Nieves Fina Vision, 2019 Vintage military suit, sequins, metal bells, threads, glue, cardboard, plastic beads, tape, trims, mannequin Dimensions variable Courtesy of the artist and Company Gallery

Raúl de Nieves

Fina Vision, 2019

Vintage military suit, sequins, metal bells, threads, glue, cardboard, plastic beads, tape, trims, mannequin
Dimensions variable
Courtesy of the artist and Company Gallery

Raúl de Nieves  Fina Wisdom, 2019  Vintage military suit, sequins, metal bells, threads, glue, cardboard, plastic beads, tape, trims, mannequin Dimensions variable Collection of Steve Corkin and Dan Maddalena

Raúl de Nieves

Fina Wisdom, 2019

Vintage military suit, sequins, metal bells, threads, glue, cardboard, plastic beads, tape, trims, mannequin
Dimensions variable
Collection of Steve Corkin and Dan Maddalena

Raúl de Nieves

Fina Beauty, 2019

Vintage military suit, sequins, metal bells, threads, glue, cardboard, plastic beads, tape, trims, mannequin
Dimensions variable
Private Collection