His art is in excellent company among works from Andy Warhol, Cindy Sherman and Ed Ruscha.
The exhibit titled “Bad for You” explores the relationship between art and vice. It is on display through Nov. 23.
“Artists explore these many themes through various moralistic viewpoints. Some works celebrate, disregard and revel in what is seen as being ʻbad,ʼ whilst others raise alarm and aim to forewarn the consequence of a life of decadence,” according to the exhibit’s website.
In September, Hernandez held his first solo show, “Genesis,” at the Kim Foster Gallery in New York. “Genesis” refers to the artist’s visual dialogue between religion, mythology and pop culture. The word “genesis” can refer to the literal definition, the biblical book of the same name, as well as the video game system Sega Genesis. Notions of all three as well as other ideas are incorporated into his work.
Hernandez’s art is often referred to as “high pastiche.” He combines a variety of disparate elements in his work but does in a unique way that is artistically sensate.
Beth Rudin DeWoody, one of Forbes top 200 art collectors in the world, attended his show and bought two of his multimedia works, “Colecotari Invasion” and “Destruction of Atega Intelari.” DeWoody also is the curator for the London exhibit “Bad for You,” and chose another of Hernandez’s works, “Wall Fragment With Flying Transport,” for the show.
Hernandez, UT assistant professor of art, received a bachelor of fine arts in 2000 from Northwest Missouri State in Maryville and a master of fine arts in 2002 from American University in Washington, D.C. He is represented by Kim Foster Gallery in New York City.
His work also has been presented in numerous galleries, including solo shows at Kim Foster Gallery in New York, Madhouse Gallery in Toledo, the Fine Arts Gallery at Mott Community College in Flint, Mich., and Kresge Gallery at Lyon College in Batesville, Ark., and in group exhibitions at the Toledo Museum of Art and many other places.
Hernandez was selected for an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellency Award in 2011.