GREGORY MICHAEL HERNANDEZ
Gregory Michael Hernandez was raised in the Mojave Desert of Southern California, and has lived in Los Angeles since 1995. His work is landscape based, often combining the barren wilderness and urban grit.
Trained as a painter, Hernandez ventured into photography as source material for altering the composition of paintings. When painting became too limiting for the spatial possibilities enabled by photography, he explored the tension between two and three dimensional representations of space through quick photo collage. His methods became more mathematical and cartographic, resulting in the 'Mapping Perspective' body of work. Slicing through those 26-sided forms led to sculpture. His first sculpture was "Rebuilt Homestead", exhibited at LAXART in 2010.
Working in the tradition of the Land Art movement of the 1960's and 1970's, Hernandez continues to explore space and place through painting, photography, sculpture, performance, and site-specific installation. He prefers the ephemeral and temporal to monumental or permanent. His work challenges the notion of art as an autonomous object. Art can also be a relic of an event, residue of an action, evidence of an intrusion, and documentation of a point of view, all in the pursuit of a cultural engagement that bears the weight of political and religious concerns.
Hernandez received a grant from the Rema Hort Mann Foundation, an Emerging Artist Fellowship from the California Community Foundation, and his work is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Los Angeles.