Just like Gerhard Richter’s Candle, you can feel the heat emanating from the 16-foot glazed ceramic wall at Lehmann Maupin’s downtown outpost. Teresita Fernández has unleashed a nocturnal inferno in form of a wall panel constructed from hundreds of tiny mosaic tiles framed by scorched paper works and charcoal drawings on the side walls. The fire is an American one: colossal, uncompromising and all-engulfing. Fernández is pre-occupied with the American landscape, specifically how history has shaped its contours and vice versa. The American landscape, of course, is a Native American story; fire has historically been one of the main roles in determining the diversity of its ecosystem. Contrary to Western myths and interpretation of history, Native Americans had dramatically altered the vast American landscape through systematic vegetation and intentional burning long before the first white man set foot on the Continent. The idea of the uncultivated native leaving a virgin land to be conquered is a false historical narrative that prevails until today. Materially and conceptually, Fernández is attempting to correct that myth. At Lehmann Maupin through May 20.