' Dan Hernandez - Kim Foster Gallery
Dan Hernandez
Genesis 2014
March 27 - May 31, 2014

Press Release

 

We are pleased to announce Dan Hernandez’s second solo exhibition at the Kim Foster Gallery. The exhibit’s title ”Genesis 2014” refers to the artist’s on-going visual dialogue of religion, mythology, and pop culture. Hernandez blurs boundaries, rearranges hierarchies, and calls into question our notions of iconography, collectibles, violence and devotion.

The title not only references the biblical Book of Genesis, but also the video game console Sega Genesis that was a defining moment in pop culture, especially for those in the artist’s generation. The Book of Genesis houses the creation stories: Noah’s Ark, Adam & Eve, etc. Similarly, the Sega Genesis was a vehicle for narrative video games like Golden Axe, Streets of Rage, Altered Beast and others. Both have narratives that utilize the supernatural and mythical as a central and reoccurring theme. By embracing such eccentric comparisons, the artist explores the unique and interesting artistic possibilities that exist.

In his creative process, Hernandez forms connections that are insightful and playful, but rarely art historically correct. The associations are loosely tied together through visual dialog among two or more parts. For instance, the artist parallels video games like Street Fighter 2, a side scrolling, competitive fighting game by Capcom, with Early Christian Annunciation paintings by artists like Simone Martini, Giotto and Duccio. This allows him to combine things that would not otherwise be combined, resulting in intriguing fictions and inventions.

Despite the definition of Genesis (the coming into being of something: the origin) that communicates the sense of the “new,” its association with biblical text conveys a sense of the “old.” The juxtaposition drives the imagery, which weaves together contemporary and historical sources. By transferring computer images to a physical surface and manipulating that surface into fragments, the work takes on a fresco quality that has survived the passage of time. While the digital nature of the process is evident, it is this guise of “age” that solidifies the work and it is these anachronisms that are the genesis of his creativity.

Hernandez was awarded the Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award for 2011. His artwork was included in Southern Ohio Museum “Fast Forward to the Renaissance” 2013, “Bad For You” curated by Beth Rudin DeWoody during Frieze 2012, Lehman College Art Gallery “Under the Influence: the Comics” 2012, and Westport Art Center “Toy Stories” curated by Helen Klisser During 2012. Hernandez received 1st Prize at the Annual Chautauqua Exhibit of Contemporary Art in 2013 and 2010.


Past Exhibitions

Biography

RECENT REVIEWS OF GENESIS 2014

ARTnews, What if Fra Angelico Painted Space Invaders? by Rebecca Robertson, 4/15/14

SPIEGEL ONLINE, Angeklickt: Super Mario in Mittelalter-Kulissen, by Emily Bartels, 4/23/14

GIZMODO, Space Invaders should have been a Biblical Epic All Along, by Geoff Manaugh, 4/16/14

KOTAKU, Space Invaders and Other Classic Games as Renaissance Paintings, by Yannick LeJacq, 4/17/14

The Creators Project, Iconic Videogames Become Iconic Renaissance Paintings in “Genesis 2014″ by Emerson Rosenthal, 4 /17/14

ARTE FUSE, In this sign you will conquer! by Daniel Gauss, 4/2/14

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014 Kim Foster Gallery, Genesis 2014, New York

2012 Kim Foster Gallery, Genesis, New York, NY

2011 Kresge Gallery, Frammenti, Lyon College, Batesville, AR

2009 Madhouse Gallery, Dan Hernandez: Recent Work, Toledo, OH

2007 Fine Arts Gallery, Dan Hernandez: Recent Paintings, Mott Community College, Flint, MI

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2014  Ann Arbor Art Center, Drones, Ann Arbor, MI

2013  Southern Ohio Museum, Fast Forward to the Renaissance, Portsmouth, OH

Strohl Art Center, 56th Chautauqua Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Chautauqua, NY (First Prize), juror Dr. Janne Siren, Director Albright-Knox

Art Miami CONTEXT, Kim Foster Gallery booth, Miami, FL

Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Snap to Grid, Los Angeles, CA

Kim Foster Gallery, Partical Physical, New York, NY

Contemporary Arts Center, 24th Annual Juried Show, Las Vegas, NV

2012  Shizaru Gallery, Bad For You, curator Beth Rudin DeWoody, London, UK

Toledo Museum of Art, Portrait Invitational, Toledo, OH

Lehman College Art Gallery, Under the Influence: The Comics, NY

Riffe Gallery, Lets Get Digital, Columbus, OH

Westport Art Center, Toy Stories, curator Helen Klisser During, Westport, CT

Toledo Museum of Art, Quest for Fire, Toledo, OH

2011  Gallery Project, Post Apocalypse, Ann Arbor, MI

Kim Foster Gallery, Monkey Spoon, curator D Dominick Lombardi, New York, NY

Kim Foster Gallery, Night, New York, NY

407 Washington, Artomatic 419! Toledo, OH

Center of Visual Arts, Faculty Exhibition, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH

2010 Toledo Museum of Art, Hispanic/Latino Culture Exhibition, Toledo, OH

Parkwood Gallery, Boy Girl Boy Girl, Toledo, OH

Strohl Art Center, 53rd Chautauqua Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Chautauqua, NY (First Prize), juror Kim Foster

Walter E Terhune Gallery, Toledo Emerges, Perrysburg, OH

Secor Building Gallery, The Mix, Toledo, OH

2009 Desotorow Gallery, Show & Tell, Savannah, GA

Gallery Project, Shrines & Alters, Ann Arbor, MI

Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo Area Artists, Toledo, OH

Art-O-Matic 419, Art-O-Matic 419, Toledo, OH

2008 Toledo Museum of Art, TAA’DA, Toledo, OH

2005 Hype Gallery, Hype Gallery, Milan, Italy

Logan Gallery, Faculty Benefit Exhibition, Chautauqua, NY

Sykes Gallery, Flux, Millersville, PA

2004 Logan Gallery, Faculty Benefit Exhibition, Chautauqua, NY

Mott Community College’s Fine Arts Gallery, Part-Time Faculty Exhibition, Flint, MI

2003  Logan Gallery, Faculty Benefit Exhibition, Chautauqua, NY

2002  Buckham Gallery, Balancing Ax, Flint, MI

Michigan Institute for the Arts, Michigan Now, Detroit, MI

Logan Gallery, Artist Response to 911, Chautauqua, NY

G Fine Art, 9 Painters, Washington, DC

Watkins Gallery, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Washington, DC

I Street Studios Gallery, Two, Washington, DC

2001 Watkins Gallery, Graduate Drawing Exhibition, Washington, DC

7th Street Gallery, DCAC, Washington, DC

2000 Watkins Gallery, Graduate Drawing Exhibition, Washington, DC

Art-O-Matic, Art-O-Matic, Washington, DC

Northwest Missouri State University, Candidate for BFA Exhibition, Maryville, MO

 

AWARDS

2013 Bellinger Award, 56th Chautauqua Annual Exhibit of Contemporary Art, Chautauqua, NY

2011 Individual Excellency Award, Ohio Arts Council

2010 Bellinger Award, 53rd Chautauqua Annual Exhibit of Contemporary Art, Chautauqua, NY

2009 Lourdes College Art Department Award, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH

2008 Athena Society Award, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH

2000-2002 Graduate Assistantship, American University, Washington, DC

1998 Bill Fields Scholarship, Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, MO

Hidegrade Dreps Scholarship, Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, MO

 

REVIEWS

ARTnews, What if Fra Angelico Painted Space Invaders? by Rebecca Robertson, 4/15/14

SPIEGEL ONLINE, Angeklickt: Super Mario in Mittelalter-Kulissen, by Emily Bartels, 4/23/14

GIZMODO, Space Invaders should have been a Biblical Epic All Along, by Geoff Manaugh, 4/16/14

KOTAKU, Space Invaders and Other Classic Games as Renaissance Paintings, by Yannick LeJacq, 4/17/14

The Creators Project, Iconic Videogames Become Iconic Renaissance Paintings in “Genesis 2014″ by Emerson Rosenthal, 4 /17/14

ARTE FUSE, In this sign you will conquer! by Daniel Gauss, 4/2/14

HYPERALLERGIC, Feeling Unhinged in Context, by Jillian Steinhauer, 12/10/13

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2012-Present Assistant Professor, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH

2010 Art in Public Places Coordinator, Arts Commission of Greater Toledo, Toledo, OH

2008-2010 Adjunct Faculty, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH

2008-2009 Managing Director, Firenation Glass Studio & Gallery, Holland, OH

2002-2007 Adjunct Faculty, Mott Community College, Flint, MI

2003-2005 Visiting Lecturer, American University Art in Italy Program, Corciano, Italy

Lecturer, Chautauqua Institution School of Art, Chautauqua, NY

2002 Graduate Teaching Assistant, American University, Washington, DC, Instructor on record, Stanley Lewis

2001 Graduate Teaching Assistant, American University, Washington, DC, Instructor on record, Deborah Kahn

 

EDUCATION

2000-2002 Masters of Fine Art, Painting, American University, Washington, DC

1995-2000  Bachelor of Fine Art, Painting/Drawing, Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville