Gregory Michael Hernandez creates work incorporating painting sculpture photography and site-specific installation. His projects explore the impact of landscape on human perception and ideology.
The anchor of this virtual exhibition is a large burned sign that once read "27 Acre Land For Sale, By Owner, 818.568.9999". Hernandez was originally drawn to the sign after noticing that someone had spray-painted the words “Abolish Class Society" on top of it. A week after he finished a small painting of this tableau in summer 2019, the entire Glendale hillside and sign burned in a wildfire. Shortly after the fire, Hernandez removed the charred sign and constructed a modular apparatus with the intent of temporarily displaying it in contested landscapes. Inspired by the history of predatory land use in American history, Hernandez creates a memorial to American Exceptionalism. In its temporary desert installation, the sign is flanked by six concrete paintings, created from reconstituted chunks of broken red curbs in Los Angeles. Once demarcating “No Parking” zones, the concrete surfaces are now painted with images representing our national heritage and current crises.
Hernandez graduated from Biola University with a BS in Drawing and Painting in 1999. He has had solo exhibitions at LA><ART and Roberts & Tilton, received emerging artist grants from the Rema Hort Mann Foundation and the California Community Foundation and is in the permanent collection of MOCA Los Angeles.